9 Tips for a Successful Home Birth

Learn the risks and find a midwife.

8. Understand there is risk. According to a recent study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the risk of death to newborns intended to being delivered at home is nearly twice that of babies intended to be delivered in hospitals. Even if there's a sound emergency plan in place, you could lose valuable time in transit to the hospital. Women who delivered at home were more likely to experience problems such as postpartum hemorrhage and prolonged labor.

9. Search online. To find a midwife who does home births, log on to mana.org, the Web site of the Midwives Alliance of North America. You can also check with MidwifeInfo.com. Word of mouth can also be a good method.

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