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               All About Home Birth

With such an increase in interest in all areas relating to natural health, it’s no surprise that having a home birth is becoming a viable choice for modern mothers.

While there is still somewhat of a shock factor when a pregnant woman announces that she plans to birth her baby in the comfort of her own home, it’s actually quite safe.  Complete Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant.Do a complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test.

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In fact, more women who have hospital births experience complications than their home birth counterparts.

If you follow some guidelines, and properly research your care provider, there is no reason to not consider having your next baby at home.

The first concern that most women have when they begin the process of planning for a home birth is finding a qualified care provider.

Your choices will depend on the laws that govern your particular state. In some areas, you may be able to find a certified nurse/midwife who will deliver in home.

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However, many states prohibit a certified nurse/midwife from delivering anywhere except under the direct supervision of a obstetrician.

In that case, you will need to rely on a qualified lay midwife. A lay midwife isn’t a medical professional, in the traditional sense.

 However, she should have proper training through recognized organizations. In addition, look for a midwife that has trained as an apprentice, and has several years of experience. Ask as many questions as you need in order to make your decision.

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A professional lay midwife should be willing to share things like her mortality rate, as well as the life saving techniques that she is prepared to use in the event of unforeseen complications.

Also, a good midwife will be able to recognize and assess risk factors. In some cases, a hospital birth is preferred, if complications are likely.  Click over here to get more data related to midwife services.

Once you are comfortable with your choice of a midwife, you need to begin regular prenatal checkups, just as you would if you were seeing an obstetrician.

You will generally be seen once a month during your first trimester. Once you get well into your second trimester, visits may increase to twice a month.

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During your last 4-6 weeks, you will be seen every week, until your baby arrives. When you have a home birth, prenatal visits is much like traditional OB checks. Blood will be tested, as well as urine.

In addition, standard statistics like weight, stomach measurements and heart rate will be tracked.

A heavy focus is maintained on nutrition when a home birth is planned. However, prenatal vitamins are usually recommended as well, in addition to herbal supports.