There are a series of good reasons why your best choice may be giving birth in a hospital
A new study found that while home births may make sense for some, there are a number of factors that turn home births into potentially at-risk births.
For instance, soon-to-be moms whose baby is breech would be considered a higher risk during a home birth.
According to Medline Plus, “the study found the risk of fetal death was eight to 10 times higher for a home delivery with these risk factors.”
The study looked at other factors that would heighten a woman’s risk during at-home births, they include a first-time vaginal birth following a cesarean, being over the age of 35, gestational diabetes, giving birth to twins, among other factors.
“In advance of delivery one can stratify risk factors; however, labor is far from predictable,” said Dr. Jill Rabin, co-chief of the division of ambulatory care in the Women’s Health Programs-PCAP Services at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y., to Medline Plus. “In the event of an emergency, the value of the immediate availability of medical care in order to save the life of the mother or baby cannot be disputed.”
The study’s results are intended, not to sway soon-to-be mothers in either direction, but instead to give them more data with which to make an informed decision.