While a home birth may sound appealing, protecting the safety of both you and your infant needs to be a top priority.
Home births have become increasingly popular among expectant parents. Rather than being in a hospital setting, which tends to be less comfortable and exposes you to potentially dangerous hospital-acquired infections, having your baby in the comfort of your own home may be a more appealing option. However, there are situations in which it may not be the best choice for you and your infant. Having your baby at home may increase your chances of suffering serious birth injuries. To protect your own health and that of your little one, be aware of the possible risks.
Having a baby is not an illness, but rather a natural function of a woman’s body. Following this reasoning, many expectant mothers are now choosing to have their babies at home rather than in a hospital setting. Accompanied by a midwife or doula, home birth allows you to go through labor and delivery in a more relaxed and comfortable environment, with other family members nearby.
Spending several days in the hospital increases the risk of potentially serious infections, as well as the odds of medical errors and mistakes which endanger the health of you and your infant. Lower costs, less risk of medical interventions, and greater control over the entire birthing process are other strong pros in favor of having a home birth. However, it is important to be aware of the downsides, which increase the odds of different types of birth injuries:
Homebirth is not recommended for women who have had a previous c-section, for those expecting multiples, or in situations in which the infant is not positioned headfirst towards the birth canal in the days or weeks before delivery.
Serious labor and delivery complications can occur in even the healthiest pregnancy. When they arise during a home birth, both the mother and the infant are at greater risk for birth injuries. Issues which may require immediate treatment at a hospital include:
If medical providers fail to warn you of these and other problems that can arise during a home birth or do not provide the proper treatment, they can be held accountable when complications arise. Speak with an experienced birth injury attorney to discuss your options in filing a claim.