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What are warm towels used for in a home birth?

What are warm towels used for in a home birth?

Home Birth: The warm towels are used to dry and warm the baby after delivery. When babies are delivered they are wet and cold. It is very important to dry and warm them quickly. This is done the same way regardless of wether the baby is delivered at home or in the hospital. After being dried they can either be placed in warm towels or simply placed on mom's chest for body heat. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Home Birth (Definition)

A home birth is the delivery of a child at home rather than in a hospital or other medical facility. Home births are associated with a somewhat higher rate of birth complications than delivery in the hospital or ...Read more


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What can I expect at a home birth?

What can I expect at a home birth?

Home birth: Most births go to completion without problems, however, labor and delivery complication are difficult to predict and if and when they do develop can have serious short and long-term ramifications. If you live in an industeralized country where resources are available, i would highly recommend you deliver in a hospital setting where expertise and resources are available. ...Read more

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How do I decide whether to have a home birth?

DO NOT DO IT !!!: I have seen on this website other women from your city asking this same question. No one can predict the future! you can be totally normal and have a normal pregnancy and have complications either before, in labor or after labor that could be a disaster if u are at home. Over the course of my career I have seen many horrible complications from home birth including fetal death and brain damage! ...Read more

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What factors would risk me out of a home birth?

What factors would risk me out of a home birth?

Any complications: Home delivery is a pretty hot topic. If you have any medical complications, we would recommend you deliver at the hospital. If the baby is in an unusual position, you may be better off at the hospital. Also remember that you can work with your doctor to make your hospital experience less "hospital like" as well. ...Read more

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How do I find a home birth provider?

How do I find a home birth provider?

Why would you?!: No reasonable person would make an informed decision to deliver their baby at home without access to a maternity center with a large blood bank, surgical suites, experienced obstetrical surgeons, round-the-clock perinatal anesthesiologists and neonatal intensive care unit. You should not put your life and your baby's life at risk by delivering at home - multiple studies prove it is much riskier! ...Read more

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Could I bleed to death if home birth?

Could I bleed to death if home birth?

Indeed !: Home birth with an experienced nurse midwife is reasonably safe . Normally, after the afterbirth delivers the uterus will contract and slows down bleeding. Hospitals have a dedicated staff and blood bank should this serious obstetrical emergency develop. Talk to your caregiver and assess your particular risk. ...Read more

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Can I still have a home birth if I have herpes?

Can I still have a home birth if I have herpes?

Yes: Take Valtrex (valacyclovir) for the last month to minimize the chance of an outbreak. Should you have a genital outbreak when you go into labor you should abandon the home delivery and deliver by c-section. Neonatal herpetic encephalopathy is catastrophic. ...Read more

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What emergency equipment should be present at my home birth?

What emergency equipment should be present at my home birth?

Several items: Suction bulb for baby as well as the ability to administer oxygen to the baby by a trained person. If you are not properly trained in neonatal resuscitation then you will cause harm to the baby. Also i would have medications available that can help with hemorrhage such as misoprostol. But you must have a labor attendant who is familiar with the proper use of these medications. ...Read more

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I am 21 and having a natural home birth. What does crowning feel like?

I am 21 and having a natural home birth. What does crowning feel like?

Ouch: Speaking from personal experience, i would say there is great pressure, and pain. There may be some tearing of the tissues. It is not comfortable. I also want to add, you are about to meet the love of your life! good luck. ...Read more

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What are the rsks of home birth vs. Hospital birth?

What are the rsks of home birth vs. Hospital birth?

Depends on the case: Many deliveries go smoothly ; might do fine at home or in a birthing center but you know this after the fact. In the us between 20-30% of deliveries are by c-section, often as an emergency ; at least 10% of newborns require some specialty care at birth.Centers designed to give you the midwife/minimally invasive experience with physicians ; operating rooms on standby are the safest choice. ...Read more