9 Tips for a Successful Home Birth

Plan for emergencies.

3. Make sure the practitioner is comfortable handling emergencies and is bringing appropriate equipment. Ask specific questions about the range of complications she's handled. She should have the knowledge and equipment necessary to resuscitate a newborn, administer medication to stop a postpartum hemorrhage, and suture a severe laceration.

In case of such emergencies, she should bring IV fluids, an oxygen tank, and oxygen masks for various sizes of infants. She should also bring an oxygen delivery device suitable for adults (in case you need one) as well as suturing materials.

4. Have an emergency plan. Ideally, your midwife should have a relationship with a physician or hospital in case the home birth doesn't go as planned. If she doesn't have a doctor she can call to describe what's happened and warn of your arrival, you'll basically be treated as an ER patient, notes Beard. The doctor and staff won't know anything about your medical history, and they will likely be very worried about you and your baby. This often results in more tests and interventions, the very thing many women want to avoid.

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