Malpractice News

May 11, 2013

Women counseled to have caregiver present for home births

The American Academy of Pediatricians has taken not of the growing number of women choosing to give birth at home and has decided to issue a statement regarding best practices for this birthing option. They have recommended that “there be a caregiver who’s present solely to take care of the newborn.

Dr. Kristi Watterberg, lead author of the statement and professor of neonatology at the University of New Mexico also said, “Babies deserve the best care they can get. And we need to support women wherever they choose to give birth.”

Home birth rates up 20 percent

Women who choose to give birth at home often do so to avoid the expense of a hospital birth, because they like the comfortable, familiar atmosphere, and because they feel like they have more control over the whole birthing process. This birthing philosophy has caught hold in recent years, with numbers of home births jumping 20 percent between 2004 and 2008.

AAP offers home birthing advice

Research studies into whether the rate of neonatal deaths are higher in home births than hospital births are inconclusive, but the American Association of Pediatrics has issued several recommendations to give mothers and infants the best results possible when the birth takes place at home, including ensuring the mother has no preexisiting medical conditions, the mother is expecting a single baby rather than multiples, the baby is head down in the uterus, they live within reasonable proximity to a hospital in case of complications, and the pregnancy has reached full term, but has gone no longer than 41 weeks.


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