Pediatrician Group Issues Home Birth Policy Statement

A caregiver dedicated solely to the baby should be present, organization advises

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"I'd like to see a middle ground. I'd like to see more birthing centers associated with hospitals. Bring the home birth movement to a setting that feels more like home, but is attached to the hospital," he said.

But, he added, "In a low-risk woman, who can set it up properly, home birth shouldn't be outlawed. A woman can have the choice to have her baby at home."

The full policy statement is published online April 29 and will appear in the May print issue of the journal Pediatrics.

More information

Learn more about home births from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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