The SOGC opinion on and corresponding statement on home birth is a refreshing respectful and collaborative approach to the choices of birth location facing birthing families today.
Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That means approximately 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year. Childbirth educators can help families prevent and deal with detected birth defects.
Research showed that people birthing in facilities with both midwives and doctors on staff were less likely to be induced, less likely to have their labor augmented with pitocin, less likely to have a cesarean, and more likely to have a successful vaginal birth after cesarean.
Dr. Rachel Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She is the author of the internationally-respected blog, Midwife Thinking. Dr. Reed has recently published a new book entitled, Why Induction Matters. Tanya Strusberg reviews it here.
The Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women has issued their recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. People need to know what medications are safe during pregnancy and lactation.