Pediatricians issue guidelines for home births

EUGENE, Ore. - Kimberly Dawn Falk used a midwife to deliver two children at home.

"I loved having midwives," Falk said. "I had two children in England and used midwives both times and it was a wonderful experience."

Even though less than 1 percent of pregnant women choose home birth, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations they hope will make these types of deliveries safer.

"I think the guidelines are great," said Anita Rojas, a midwife at Sacred Waters Birthing Center. They help mothers give birth at the center and at home. "They're important because we got to take care of these babies, and it's a big responsibility."

Among the new recommendations: there should be two people at the birth, one for the mother, the other for the baby.

The midwifes should be trained in infant CPR, medical equipment should be tested before the delivery, and a working phone should be in the room in case an emergency happens.

Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says women who choose to have home births have fewer risk factors for complications during delivery, Rojas said she supports the guidelines.

"I think anything we can do to assist those babies if they need help, and assuming the responsibility to take care of these babies we need to stay sharp and up to date with the latest," she said.