Jul
18
2011
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PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH: HOME BIRTH OR IN HOSPITAL?

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH: HOME BIRTH OR IN HOSPITAL?
As with all well planned events, there is a chance that all will not go according to plan, and the arrival of a new baby into the world is no exception to this rule. Babies can be born at any time and at any place and this may not be near a hospital or the desired place of birth.
Some parents now, as in days of old, choose to have a home birth in familiar surroundings and with the people they love. However, if anything does go wrong and medical help is needed then the best place to be is in hospital. Hospitals have changed in their attitudes to family involvement in the birth of a baby over the past years. The image of the father sitting in a little room out the back smoking cigarettes while the expectant mother lies in an unfriendly room, is no longer true. The truth is that many hospitals encourage the father-to-be by the mother’s side and play an active part in the joyous event. I have found that midwives are not only expert in what they do but also give helpful and loving emotional support. Also most hospitals allow the father and/or close relatives to visit the new mum and baby whenever they like. However, if a home birth is decided upon then it is important to have a qualified midwife in attendance because during the birth of a baby, although it is a natural and usually uncomplicated event, things can go wrong. A friendly hospital may be your best choice.
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As with all well planned events, there is a chance that all will not go according to plan, and the arrival of a new baby into the world is no exception to this rule. Babies can be born at any time and at any place and this may not be near a hospital or the desired place of birth.
Some parents now, as in days of old, choose to have a home birth in familiar surroundings and with the people they love. However, if anything does go wrong and medical help is needed then the best place to be is in hospital. Hospitals have changed in their attitudes to family involvement in the birth of a baby over the past years. The image of the father sitting in a little room out the back smoking cigarettes while the expectant mother lies in an unfriendly room, is no longer true. The truth is that many hospitals encourage the father-to-be by the mother’s side and play an active part in the joyous event. I have found that midwives are not only expert in what they do but also give helpful and loving emotional support. Also most hospitals allow the father and/or close relatives to visit the new mum and baby whenever they like. However, if a home birth is decided upon then it is important to have a qualified midwife in attendance because during the birth of a baby, although it is a natural and usually uncomplicated event, things can go wrong. A friendly hospital may be your best choice.
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