Another wonderful article was written and published over on 10 Centimeters, and again I just had to share it!. This time, it is a piece written by Deb O'Connell - a home birth CNM in North Carolina. You can read the entire piece here. Below are a few of my favorite highlights!
Homebirth is not safe for every woman and any midwife who tells you that is grossly misinformed. Birth is not to be trusted – it is to be RESPECTED.
Homebirth is not as safe for baby as being born in a hospital – the NCB community can state it is (and in the past I have stated it as well) – however research has proven differently and parents need to be made aware that if the midwife they choose does not know how to recognize / anticipate when normal is turning into abnormal during the labor or birth, the results can be disasterous for mother and baby. A mother’s birth experience does not trump the safety of her fetus/newborn .
Parents who choose to have their birth at home should be sure their midwife has the following:
- Has experience in managing both low and high risk pregnancies.
- Licensed and credentialed to practice in your state.
- Carries malpractice insurance.
- Has a professional relationship with an OB/GYN or Maternal Fetal Medicine team for collaboration, consultation, referral, transfer and transport if needed.
- Has a well- organized transport system for her clients and reviews this with you during the pregnancy.
- Is willing to share her risk- out criteria, her practice guidelines, her stats and her professional license numbers with you (This should actually be a printed disclosure statement that accompanies the informed consent she has you sign).
- Asks you about the distance your home is from the hospital that has an OB Unit – ideally you should live no further than 30 minutes from your nearest hospital.
- Has another midwife or RN that attends each and every birth with her and they are both current in their BCLS and NRP certifications and have also had experience managing both low and high risk pregnancies.
- Follows you through your pregnancy to six weeks after birth.