Is a home birth safe for me?

According to WebMD, approximately 1 in 200 women give birth at home. These reasons for this can vary, but in most cases, these women want to experience childbirth in a natural way, which many feel is more difficult in a hospital setting. While home birth might be right for some women, others are best served by delivering their babies at a hospital. 

Continual monitoring is necessary to determine whether home birth is suited to a particular woman. You and the fetus must be healthy, and you must be on track for a healthy birth for the best results. You must also not be pregnant with multiples. Even if you’re in good health, delivering multiples is a complex process where more things are likely to go wrong. You might not be a good candidate if you previously gave birth via c-section or if you experienced a preterm birth in the past. You should also live within a reasonable distance of a medical facility you can visit if you experience complications. 

Even if you meet the criteria you’ll still be subject to certain risks. The chance of infant mortality with home births is higher. Additionally, babies born at home are usually less robust and healthy than those born within a hospital setting. For instance, home birth babies are more likely to have problems with their vitality and coloring, as well as their pulse rate. Even when all factors seem to point to a healthy birth, keep in mind that some complications won’t be evident until the delivery. 

All home births should be attended by a midwife. Midwives are certified medical professionals who receive specific training on the birthing process. A good midwife will assist you during the delivery and will also be able to recognize when prompt medical attention is called for. Midwives should also have a plan in place in the event of an emergency. Knowledge of CPR is crucial in this case, as is a relationship with a local medical provider to ensure prompt treatment can be available. 

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