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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) doesn't support programs or individuals that provide home births. According to ACOG, most women experience children without problems, but complications can arise very quickly, even in the healthiest of women. If this occurs, special medical care is needed right away to protect the health of mom and baby. This kind of care is not available at home.
Wherever you choose to have your baby, it's important that the person caring for you is medically trained in pregnancy and childbirth. This professional can be an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), a family physician, or a certified nurse-midwife. Some women who face complications throughout their pregnancy may also see a maternal-fetal specialist (a doctor who specializes in high-risk pregnancies).
Most home births are done by midwives. There are several different kinds of midwives. It's important to choose one with the proper training in pregnancy and childbirth.
A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse with advanced, specialized training and experience in taking care of pregnant women and delivering babies. Certified nurse-midwives are licensed to provide care before, during and after delivery.
Thinking about home birth
A home birth may place you and your child at increased risk. You may consider a home birth if:
When you should not have a home birth
Things to consider