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U.S. Home Birth Transports: The Numbers

“Of the 5418 women, 655 (12.1%) were transferred to hospital intrapartum or postpartum… Five out of every six women transferred were transferred before delivery, half (51.2%) for failure to progress, pain relief or exhaustion.¬† After delivery, 1.3% of mothers and 0.7% of newborns were transferred to hospital, most commonly for maternal haemorrhage (0.6% of total … Continue reading U.S. Home Birth Transports: The Numbers

A Privilege to Witness

Written by Midwife, Laurie Zoyiopoulos, CPM Something I wrote a couple of years ago after a home VBAC….. Yesterday I was a midwife more than a baby catcher. Some think that the 2 are always the same, but I know that they are not. Most of the time I catch a baby as the mother … Continue reading A Privilege to Witness

Routine Newborn Appointments May Undermine Breast Feeding

Upon discharge from birth facilities new parents are asked to bring their newborn into a pediatrician’s office several times in the first week postpartum. Bringing the newborn to a medical facility requires the postpartum mother to attend to social standards that are not helpful to the establishment of good breastfeeding technique. Getting dressed in “out … Continue reading Routine Newborn Appointments May Undermine Breast Feeding