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If I want a home birth, do I need to have a midwife?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The overall risk associated with having a home birth is low but studies show that it carries a three times increased risk of neonatal death compared to hospital birth.
If you are going to have a home birth you should have a certified nurse midwife attend who has prearranged backup with an obgyn. Here is the acog statement on home birth. http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr01-20-11.cfm.

In brief: Yes

The overall risk associated with having a home birth is low but studies show that it carries a three times increased risk of neonatal death compared to hospital birth.
If you are going to have a home birth you should have a certified nurse midwife attend who has prearranged backup with an obgyn. Here is the acog statement on home birth. http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr01-20-11.cfm.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Home birth

Of course you do.
You need to have the most experienced person so that if there are complications (which are usually difficult to predict) it can be taken care of by someone who know what she/he is doing. You should also have someone who is familiar with neonatal resuscitation.

In brief: Home birth

Of course you do.
You need to have the most experienced person so that if there are complications (which are usually difficult to predict) it can be taken care of by someone who know what she/he is doing. You should also have someone who is familiar with neonatal resuscitation.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
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