American Academy of Pediatrics’ New Home Birth Guidelines

It may help expectant mothers to know the American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its guidelines detailing what steps should be taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of mothers and babies.

The guidelines explain some of the measures and considerations that can help keep expectant mothers and babies safe during home birth and also explore who is likely to be a qualified candidate based on health.

Some of these precautions include having two care providers present for the birth–one concentrating on the mother and the other on the baby’s wellbeing. The guidelines also mention the importance of different types of care immediately after a baby is born such as skin-to-skin contact within the first eight hours of birth.

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