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Newborn care standards for at-home births

| May 22, 2013 | Birth Injuries

Massachusetts residents might be interested to hear that planned at-home births should also follow newborn care standards just like in-hospital ones do. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy, planned at-home delivery babies should receive the same level of care as those born in birthing centers or hospitals. The academy also advises that there should be pre-established arrangements for newborns to be transported to hospitals if need be during such birthings. The AAP also states that planned at-home births should have certified midwives or physicians present.

The number of planned pregnancies has reportedly risen. However, according to a meta-analysis by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, newborns that are born at home have a higher rate of suffering from birth injuries and neonatal deaths than those who are birthed in hospitals or birthing clinics. The number of mothers who died giving birth showed no difference between those who used facilities and those who gave birth at home.

The policy crafted by the AAP was prompted, in part, by concerns that there is usually only one person in attendance in home births. Therefore, if an emergency arises with the mother, then there is no one left to attend to the baby. Experts agree that the safest places for newborns to be born are in accredited, regulated facilities. In such facilities, if birth injuries do occur, then people may be eligible to file medical malpractice lawsuits.

Medical malpractice lawsuits state that the person’s situation was caused by or made worse by sub-standard medical care. They allow claimants to receive compensation for their conditions that otherwise would not have occurred had it not been due to the negligence of the doctor or medical facility that attended them.

Source: American Medical News, “Pediatricians offer newborn care standards for home births“, Kevin B. O, May 13, 2013


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