Planned Home Childbirth: What Are Its Benefits, Risks, And How Dangerous It Can Be

Family & Kids

June 12, 2018 17:55 By Fabiosa

When you are pregnant, there are too many things to bear in mind and too many changes to undergo. First, women should watch their diet and weight, get checkups, and regularly visit doctors. They also have to stop drinking, quit smoking, and cut back on caffeine. And apart from that, one should also think about the budget and decide where to give birth.

About 1 in 200 women in the United States prefers giving birth at home, and this number is constantly on the rise. Why do they choose home birth?

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It sounds relaxed and natural, and some want to go through delivery in a familiar place. Others choose it because there are fewer medical interventions. And surprisingly, home birth has fewer complications for moms.

But is it safe?

This is an option only for those who are in excellent health, who have a pregnancy without any complications, and who can get to the hospital in less than 15 minutes.

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In case women have such conditions as diabetes, hepatitis, or lupus, they should give birth at the hospital. Besides, with a history of preterm delivery or a C-section, it’s not advisable to welcome a baby at home as well.

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Other important factors include the number of babies (no twins or triplets) and the weight of the baby (no larger than 8 pounds). Lastly, the child should be ready to come out head first.

What are the risks?

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Make sure you understand all the risks involved, as such babies may have possible complications. Unfortunately, children born at home are also two times more likely to die shortly after birth.

Extra legwork

One of the most crucial things is to find a qualified, certified midwife who has been practicing home deliveries for a long time. Be sure to prepare your home for the delivery as well.

Despite the risks, this option is popular among famous people. Such celebrity women as Pamela Anderson, Cindy Crawford, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Lisa Bonet, and many more have chosen home birth.

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