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Birth injuries: The risks and rewards of a planned home birth

Giving birth to a child is an extremely personal experience for both parents. As the options for a successful and contented birthing event expand across the nation, it is important for parents to explore these options and choose the one that works best for them. A planned home birth under the care of trained professional offers many rewards, but the process is not without a few risks as well.

Many Boston couples choose a home birth because it lets them retain a measure of control while birthing their baby in a familiar environment. Below are just a few additional benefits giving birth at home can offer parents.

  • Parents can avoid common medical interventions such as labor induction techniques, medications and labor augmentation
  • Planned home births typically cost less than hospital births
  • Both parents may feel more comfortable and relaxed having the baby at instead of in a hospital

Along with the rewards listed above, birthing a baby at home also comes with an increased risk of birth injuries to the mother and the baby. A few of these risks include:

  • Infant death
  • Infant nervous system disorders
  • Infant seizures
  • Severe bleeding and lacerations to the mother
  • High blood pressure in the mother
  • The need to induce labor
  • The need to deliver using forceps or vacuum techniques

One of the most important ways to reduce the risk of birth injuries for those having their baby at home is to choose the right health care providers. Like physicians that deliver babies in a hospital, midwives, nurse-midwives and other home birth professionals need training and experience to give families the safest experience possible.

When these professionals fail in their duty to provide safe care and birth injuries occur as a result, the health care provider may be liable. In such tragic circumstances, a personal injury attorney fills an important role. He or she can show you how to move forward and ensure that other families do not suffer similar consequences.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Home birth: Know the pros and cons," accessed Feb. 21, 2018

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