WHY HAVE A HOME BIRTHBenefits of Home Birth
- Easier to relax in the comfort of your own home
- Undivided attention by caregivers
- Family members or friends may be present if desired
- Laboring woman maintains control over everything impacting her labor and birth
- The woman is not only allowed, but encouraged to eat, drink, walk, change positions, make noise, shower, bathe, etc.
- You can labor and birth in whatever position is most comfortable to you
- Caregivers come to her, no worries about when to go to hospital
- Significantly reduced risk of cesarean section
WHY HAVE A HOME BIRTHHome Birth Safety
The World Health Organization has said that there is no proof that hospital births are safer than home births in the developed world. Most of the research on home births in the developed world has found that infant and maternal mortality rates are the same, if not better, than hospital rates. There is also significantly reduced chance of a woman having a cesarean, induced labor, or of the need for forceps or a vacuum.
A study done in Denmark in 1997 found that women who gave birth at home delivered babies in better condition with fewer problems; the women themselves experienced less stress and there were fewer medical interventions needed in home births compared with hospital births.
WHY HAVE A HOME BIRTH
Benefits to Baby
Benefits to Baby
- Bonding is enhanced
- Significantly higher rates of breastfeeding success
- No risk of baby mix-up
- Reduced chance of trauma due to vacuum or forceps delivery
- Newborn exam occurs on mother and baby’s time, not at hospital’s convenience
3-D Ultrasounds3D (three dimensional) ultrasound is a miracle of modern technology and can allow you to view an image of your baby while still inside.
Home Birth by an Obstetrician
It is important for you to recognize the inherent lack of guarantees in life and in birthing. Any birthing environment, whether at home, birth center or hospital presents a distinct set of risk factors. Nothing can guarantee a perfect birth outcome regardless of where it takes place. Despite all the best planning, preparation, good health and your strong desire for an out of hospital birth experience, not all births can occur safely there. Having said that, my staff and I want you to have a joyous outcome and are totally invested in helping you achieve a safe and nurturing birth.
DrStusPodcast.com - Announcing my new podcast on timely topics surrounding birth, life, entertainment, politics and Los Angeles Kings hockey. No subject will be off limits. Its Dr. Stu's Podcast (my friend and cohost, Brian Whitman, from talk radio came up with the name) because its my podcast, I guess. We will be posting about 2 a week and you can listen online at drstuspodcast.com or download them from iTunes. Hope you will join me and Brian and producer Randy for some lively, timely conversations. Future guests in August include breech mom Kimberly Van der Beek, Aleks Evangeleidi and Blyss Young from the Sanctuary (birthsanctuary.com) and doula Sara Avalos (fulloflifebirth.webs.com/)
An Amazing 24 Hours - The birthing world is certainly nothing, if not unpredictable. Yesterday I had the honor and exhaustion of attending 3 home births in less than 24 hours. Indelible memories of all three and so different. Birth 1 was in the middle of the night in a lovely home on a lonely road in the foggy hills of Malibu. Labor lasted less than 2 hours and culminated in a water birth delivered by mom and dad and future big sister. Then is was off to Burbank where after a long labor and a heroic effort to bring baby down I assisted the delivery of a beautiful baby girl with a forceps delivery. Yes, they still exist and are a great tool when needed that, sadly, has all but disappeared from the arsenal of the more recently trained obstetrician. Then it was home to rest or so I thought. 2 hours later the third client called with leaking clear fluid. A first time mom at 42 weeks, positive group B strep colonization and breech, too. Contractions started in quickly so off I went to give her a dose of antibiotics and hopefully rest on her couch instead of mine. Only 4 hours later and less than 24 hours since I arrived in Malibu she was pushing out her frank breech baby boy to an amazing display of strength and jubilation! Waterbirth, forceps and breech all in one day. To say I have an interesting job would be an understatement. Special thanks to a fog challenged Robyn, Heather and Sheila and intern Mary Beth and, of course, Beth and Kelly.
Print Media News - A new and revealing book which I highly recommend by my friend Jennifer Margulis was just released on April 16th. "The Business of Baby" shares its insight into how parents should make decisions on this life changing subject. In the interest of full disclosure, I am biased as I am cited numerous times in the text. Check it out at amazon.com. I also had a letter to the editor of the American Journal of OB/Gyn (AJOG) accepted for publication. Despite being limited to 400 words I am glad to have the opportunity to respond to a recent opinion piece by an ACOG ethicist who is very anti-homebirth.
Simi Valley Story - Simi Valley is just one of many communities hostile to the legimate, evidenced based option of VBAC. Worse, some OBs often skew their counseling in an unethical manner. In her first pregnancy, this mom was told they "suspected" her 1st baby was too big. (If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that one). Not knowing any better, mom had a schedule c/section without labor. Her too big baby was 7 pounds, 12 ounces! No shame and no apology from her physician. I guess his intentions were good, or were they? Fast forward 2 years to pregnancy #2. More informed, she sought out VBAC options but nothing suitable in local hospitals. She sought care with me for a home VBAC. Again, trusting in the normalcy of labor she endured 4 days of prodromal contractions and finally got active. About 8 hours later she was holding little Esteban in her arms with dad and grandma and doula Jaci right beside her. She has my respect for her persistence and conviction. We both know that the best way to avoid a VBAC is to avoid the first c/section. She would like others to know this from her experience and challenge the often unethical status quo.
Dr. Stu on WSLR radio - What's up with the breech was the topic on live radio in Sarasota, Florida today. I was a guest along with 2 other practitioners experienced in breech delivery. Take a moment and listen in at: maternallyyoursradio.com Thanks