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If I decide to do a home birth, how do I know if my baby is at risk for meconium aspiration syndrome?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree
In brief: May not know
You can sometimes pick up signs of stress that may lead to meconium on fetal heart testing.
But there are definitely times when you find meconium at the time of delivery and you were not suspecting it.

In brief: May not know
You can sometimes pick up signs of stress that may lead to meconium on fetal heart testing.
But there are definitely times when you find meconium at the time of delivery and you were not suspecting it.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Slade Suchecki
Meconium in the amniotic fluid can occur up to the last second of delivery. It is usually due to stress on the fetus for a variety of reasons. Proper prenatal care and testing are recommended to identify risk for this.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: U won't always know
Home deliveries always cary risks and you can never eliminate all of them. It may be safer to look for a hospital or birthing center that offers a "natural childbirth" option.
Many centers can create a home-like environment but still provide immediate access to advanced services such as an operating room, anesthesia, neonatologists, etc if needed.

In brief: U won't always know
Home deliveries always cary risks and you can never eliminate all of them. It may be safer to look for a hospital or birthing center that offers a "natural childbirth" option.
Many centers can create a home-like environment but still provide immediate access to advanced services such as an operating room, anesthesia, neonatologists, etc if needed.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
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Dr. Elizabeth Black
VERY MUCH AGREE!!!!
Dr. James Cummings
Pediatrics - Neonatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Know the risks
Home delivery is not recommended by many physicians because of increased risk to both mother and baby.
If home delivery is chosen, the expectant mother and delivery attendant can reduce the chance of a bad outcome by understanding risk factors. For meconium aspiration syndrome, advanced maternal age, post-dates gestation, small for gestational age, and signs of fetal distress increase the risk.

In brief: Know the risks
Home delivery is not recommended by many physicians because of increased risk to both mother and baby.
If home delivery is chosen, the expectant mother and delivery attendant can reduce the chance of a bad outcome by understanding risk factors. For meconium aspiration syndrome, advanced maternal age, post-dates gestation, small for gestational age, and signs of fetal distress increase the risk.
Dr. James Cummings
Dr. James Cummings
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