CALL THE MIDWIFE: BEST PRACTICES TO INCREASE INFANT SAFETY DURING A HOME BIRTH
AuthorWhite, Mary Veronica
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this thesis was to develop an educational pamphlet on the safety of home birth that details the best practices for assuring the safety of the mother and neonate. Home birth rates have increased by 80% from 2009 to 2014 in the United States (Grünebaum & Chervenak, 2016). When attended by a midwife, home births have been found to be just as safe as hospital births for low-risk women (Hutton, et al., 2015). Many mothers may not know that home births are a safe alternative to a hospital birth setting and producing and widely distributing an educational pamphlet within the setting of a midwifery practice would provide mothers with necessary evidence-based information. When safety information and best-practices are widely available, expectant mothers can make an educated decision on birth setting.