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Policy: Medical professionals should be there for home births too

Over the years there has been an increase in the number of mothers choosing to have home births. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 29 percent increase in the number of babies delivered at home between 2004 and 2009.

In light of this increase, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published its policy on home births, enforcing the idea that those babies and mothers should be receiving the same level of care as those born in hospitals or birthing centers. The idea behind this is to reduce the risk of birth injuries and injuries to the mother.

When it comes to who should plan for a home birth, the American Academy of Pediatrics said those with low risk where the mother and unborn child seem healthy are the best candidates. An arrangement for going to the hospital if complications arise should also be made ahead of time, even in cases where everyone seems healthy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends for a doctor or certified midwife to be on location. Essentially, there needs to be someone there who can care for the baby and someone who can care for the mother. Again, this is important not only for screenings after the birth, but to be on hand should there be complications.

Sadly though, even with taking these precautions -- whether at home, in a hospital or at a birthing center -- complications can still arise that lead to birth injuries. And while certainly no one purposely makes decisions to put a mother or unborn child in harm's way, at times the lack of decisions or medical negligence can cause these complications.


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