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Policy published to address home birth delivery care standards


Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 13, 2013 in Birth Injuries

Having a baby can be one of the most thrilling and important events in a parent's life. Soon-to-be moms and dads want to make sure that they have an effective birth plan in place so that they can do whatever is necessary to ensure a smooth and safe delivery. There are a number of choices that parents must make when it comes to having a baby, and many women across Connecticut opt for a home delivery.

Having a baby at home is something that has been gaining popularity lately and reports suggest that about 30,000 people have home births planned. However, because there is a greater risk for birth injuries during home deliveries, it is important that parents stay well informed of the care they should receive. In an attempt to make sure these home births are as safe as possible, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a statement on care standards.

According to the statement by AAP, home births are nearly three times more likely to result in neonatal death, and the safest place to have a baby is in a hospital or birth center. These locations are reportedly better equipped to deal with difficult pregnancies, complicated deliveries and immediate postpartum periods. However, this does not mean that women who have home births should have to receive substandard care, which is why AAP released standards that all care providers should be aware of, including pediatricians and midwives, 

According to the policy, home births should have at least one person present who is primarily focused on the health of the baby in addition to the person tending to the mother. Newborns should receive a thorough physical exam and risk assessment after birth. It is also crucial that the care providers check for feeding difficulties and follow up with the mother and baby within 48 hours after the birth.

By having a person present who is primarily focused on the health of the baby and has the skills necessary to render aid, the AAP believes that home births can be a safer option for mothers and babies. With proper and skilled care, birth injuries and fatalities can be avoided. 

Source: amednews.com, “Pediatricians offer newborn care standards for home births,” Kevin B. O’Reilly, May 13, 2013