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Ask The Labor Nurse: Why Home Births Can Be Safe

Last weekend I hung out with a student just beginning her journey through nursing school.  She’s planning on working in labor and delivery when she graduates and had a few questions.  Not surprisingly, her questions are ones I’m asked a lot.

Position Statement

Movement and positioning in labor work magic. Movement enhances comfort by stimulating the receptors in the brain that decrease pain perception. The result is that you are able to tolerate increasingly strong contractions. When contractions become very strong, endorphins are released and pain perception decreases even more. Ultimately, your movement in response to your contractions decreases pain and facilitates labor – a win-win. Movement also helps the baby move through the pelvis, and some positions enlarge pelvic diameters.

Home Birth Boom

Sticking close to home is a must for some moms-to-be. Especially when we're talking about giving birth.

Home births jumped 29 percent in the time period from 2004 to 2009, "its highest level since researchers began collecting data 20 years earlier," according to an MSNBC.com report based on figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

40 Years With Our Bodies, Ourselves

Forty years ago, a book came out that changed women’s health forever.

Baby, You Were Born To Run

I get this question a lot:  How often do women deliver in their cars or at home because they couldn’t make it to the hospital in time?  The answer depends on where you live.  If you’re an American mother, these made-for-television, side-of-the-road deliveries don’t happen very often.  If you live in parts of the world where healthcare facilities and providers are few and far between, well, they happen to thousands of women every day.  

No Place Like Home For Some Women

Women in the U.S. have reached a new milestone: The Los Angeles Times reports that "home births in the United States increased 20 percent from 2004 to 2008, reaching their highest level since 1990."

The Road to Better Obstetric Care?

My friends and I watched Christy Turlington’s documentary, No Woman No Cry (about global maternal health conditions) with our plates loaded with olives and cheeses, macaroni and salads, cookies and berries.  We had so many choices it was almost impossible not to choose everything.

When Home Birth Doesn’t Work Out

Home births constitute about one percent of all deliveries in the US and a much higher percent in other parts of the world. That’s about 40,000 American babies born at home and doesn’t include mothers who planned on having a homebirth, but for one reason or another, ended up transferring to a hospital.  

Birthing Tips

1. Get to know yourself Think about what makes you tick and what you really want. Are you skeptical or respectful of the medical establishment? Ask yourself, if you had no constraints, how would you want to give birth? Does one option make you say: “Yes! That makes total sense!” Do others make you squirm and think: “Yikes! I would never do that in a million years.” Your gut reaction tells you which choice is right for you.

Will You Skype, or FaceTime, Your Birth?

If a loved one can’t be there when you deliver your baby, consider using Skype or FaceTime so he or she can share in your birth experience. To make sure the process goes smoothly, keep these apps and their features in mind: 

Skype: You can download Skype to an iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, PC, Mac, Android or Kindle Fire HD. Both parties will need a mobile device or computer with an internal camera or a web camera hooked up for video to work both ways on Skype.