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Dealing with Problems in Labor

Dealing with Problems in Labor

Problems in labor are the big bogey with which women are often threatened when they ask to have their babies at home. Statistically less likely to occur than in hospital, they are none the less a possibility. Although women choosing a home birth may be justifiably more confident about things going smoothly than their medical advisors are, they must, in order to make an informed choice, contemplate the possibility of things going wrong.

You need to think about what might happen, what contingency plans should be made for such an event, what treatment could be given to either you or the baby while still at home and when it would be advisable or necessary to transfer to hospital. You should also be aware of ways of preventing a problem arising if possible, or of helping yourself once it has.


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