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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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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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 prepare for a home birth?

How do I prepare for a home birth?

Be safe first: Make sure you verify the credentials and experience of your midwife. Understand the different types of midwives and the different levels of training as this can often be confusing. I would recommend you also see a physician to confirm whether or not you are a candidate and to arrange a back up plan. Acog stance on homebirth: http://www.Acog.Org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr01-20-11.Cfm. ...Read more

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What do I need for a healthy home birth?

What do I need for a healthy home birth?

An OB/midwife: and a pediatrician for the baby! Midwives may do a great job delivering the baby, but are not equipped to handle any pediatric emergencies.Are they able to intubate (place an airway) and suction lungs if the baby has aspirated meconium? Would be good to have an O.R. too, in case of emergency C-section. People DO have home deliveries, but it is risky, and I would NOT recommend it unless no choice ...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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My family is worried about me having a home birth?

This is normal: They will worry about you regardless but hopefully will respect your choices. You can help by providing them with information about your preparations and contingency plans. Listen to their concerns and try to respond calmly and logically. Involve them to the degree that you and they are comfortable. ...Read more

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Which room is the best room to be during a home birth?

Room for delivery: The best room for a home delivery should be well lighted, limited access to individuals who are not participating in the birth, and most importantly easy access for medical personal to transfer the mom to an emergency facility should the need arise. ...Read more

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What do I do if complications arise during a home birth?

What do I do if complications arise during a home birth?

Birth at home: Call 911 and have someone alert the hospital that a newborn is being transferred to their facility. It is best to go to a hospital that a neonatal intensive care unit or at least level ii nursery. ...Read more

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What steps do we do if our baby is limp at our home birth?

What steps do we do if our baby is limp at our home birth?

Reconsider: While most home births go well and it is a very appealing concept, birth is the singular time in life that one is most likely to require resuscitation! therefore it is essential to have skilled & experienced professionals with proper equipment & facilities at the time of delivery should it not go well. Reviving a depressed newborn is not something that is easily learned or performed at home. ...Read more

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What can I expect in the first few hours after a home birth?

Please ask the perso: Person who did your delivery as that person should have told u what to expect and problems to call about ! if you have not delivered yet please don't do that at home- this is the year 2013, not 1813, and I have seen many horrible things happen because of home birth that could have been prevented in the hospital! no one can predict the future , do not take a chance with your baby or u! ...Read more

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Why is the medical establishment so resistant to home birth?

Why is the medical establishment so resistant to  home birth?

Liability: Aside from the fact that none of us want to be in a situation where there is a serious complication with mom and/or baby and appropriate facilities are not readily available, any bad result is grounds for a lawsuit and liability coverage is either not available or very expensive. Fix the liability system and i think you will find the medical establishment more accepting. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a home birth?

Worth the risk?: The advantages are a more controlled and comfortable environment, less invasive, and it can be a really positive experience. The disadvantages are limited options for pain relief and huge risks for you and the baby in the rare instances where things go wrong. Unfortunately, things can go wrong very quickly. A competent birth attendant with good judgment and back up is essential. ...Read more

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What supplies would I need for a home birth, in case of an emergency?

Home Birth: In case of an emergency the outcome could be devastating with permanent damage especially to the baby. You could deliver at a hospital and have a birth plan, but at least you and your baby will have immediate access to emergent medical care. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the advantages and disadvantages of home birth?

Comfort vs risk: Having a child at home can be a pleasant experience if you have knowledgeable support like a midwife. One of the disadvantages is that you (or your significant other) have to do all the clean-up afterwards. It is also more risky for you and the baby if complications develop. I would make sure your midwife and doctor have hospital privileges and a plan in place if you need hospital care. ...Read more

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How do you make a natural home birth as comfortable and safe comfortable as possible?

Obsessive planning: Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Try to anticipate and plan for every possible contingency. If there is an emergency, minutes can be the difference between a scare and a disaster. Everyone should know exactly what they should do and what their responsibilities are. Knowing that everything is covered will allow you to relax and enjoy the experience. ...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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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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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?

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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