The risks of giving birth at home


>>THE DEATH TOLL FROM HURRICANE
DORIAN IN THE BAHAMAS IS UP TO DORIAN IN THE BAHAMAS IS UP TO
FIVE. FIVE.
5:58 NOW ON CHANNEL 2 NEWS 5:58 NOW ON CHANNEL 2 NEWS
TODAY. TODAY.
IT’S A JOY LIKE NO OTHER, THE IT’S A JOY LIKE NO OTHER, THE
BIRTH OF A NEW BABY. BIRTH OF A NEW BABY.
USUALLY IT UNFOLDS IN A USUALLY IT UNFOLDS IN A
HOSPITAL’S MATERNITY DEPARTMENT. HOSPITAL’S MATERNITY DEPARTMENT.
>>BUT A GROWING NUMBER OF WOMEN>>BUT A GROWING NUMBER OF WOMEN
ARE GOING BACK TO BASICS AND ARE GOING BACK TO BASICS AND
STAYING AT HOME. STAYING AT HOME.
WHY WOMEN LIKE IT AND DOCTORS WHY WOMEN LIKE IT AND DOCTORS
REALLY DON’T. REALLY DON’T.
>>DOCTORS DO NOT, THAT’S>>DOCTORS DO NOT, THAT’S
CORRECT. CORRECT.
SO MONDAY AND TUESDAY, VERMONT SO MONDAY AND TUESDAY, VERMONT
AND WYOMING ARE AMONG THE TOP AND WYOMING ARE AMONG THE TOP
STATES FOR HOME BIRTHS AND SOME STATES FOR HOME BIRTHS AND SOME
COUNTIES IN FLORIDA ARE AMONGST COUNTIES IN FLORIDA ARE AMONGST
THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION WITH THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION WITH
SEVEN% OF WOMEN CHOOSING HOME SEVEN% OF WOMEN CHOOSING HOME
BIRTHS COMPARED TO THE NATIONAL BIRTHS COMPARED TO THE NATIONAL
AVERAGE OF ONLY 1% SO, THAT’S AVERAGE OF ONLY 1% SO, THAT’S
WHERE TEXANS LAND, AROUND THE WHERE TEXANS LAND, AROUND THE
1%, AND SOME DOCTORS SAY NO 1%, AND SOME DOCTORS SAY NO
MATTER HOW MANY OR HOW FEW, IT’S MATTER HOW MANY OR HOW FEW, IT’S
STILL DANGEROUS. STILL DANGEROUS.
SARA RANKIN’S FAMILY IS ABOUT TO SARA RANKIN’S FAMILY IS ABOUT TO
GET A LITTLE BIGGER. GET A LITTLE BIGGER.
AND JUST LIKE FIRST CHILD AND JUST LIKE FIRST CHILD
CHARLOTTE, THEY WANT THE BABY TO CHARLOTTE, THEY WANT THE BABY TO
COME INTO THE WORLD RIGHT HERE COME INTO THE WORLD RIGHT HERE
IN THEIR HOME. IN THEIR HOME.
>>YOU’RE ABLE TO CONTROL THE>>YOU’RE ABLE TO CONTROL THE
VIBE OF YOUR BIRTH, SO SHE WAS VIBE OF YOUR BIRTH, SO SHE WAS
BORN IN A DARK ROOM WITH SILENCE BORN IN A DARK ROOM WITH SILENCE
INSTEAD OF BEEPING AND SCREAMING INSTEAD OF BEEPING AND SCREAMING
AND PEOPLE RUSHING AROUND AND IT AND PEOPLE RUSHING AROUND AND IT
WAS JUST SO SERENE. WAS JUST SO SERENE.
>>Reporter: BUT IT’S STILL>>Reporter: BUT IT’S STILL
RARE. RARE.
LESS THAN 1% OF THE 4 MILLION LESS THAN 1% OF THE 4 MILLION
BIRTHS IN THE U.S. LAST YEAR BIRTHS IN THE U.S. LAST YEAR
HAPPENED AT HOME. HAPPENED AT HOME.
DR. JILL HECKAMAN SAYS IT’S DR. JILL HECKAMAN SAYS IT’S
BECAUSE IT’S TOO RISKY. BECAUSE IT’S TOO RISKY.
ONE STUDY FOUND 33% OF WOMEN WHO ONE STUDY FOUND 33% OF WOMEN WHO
TRIED TO GIVE BIRTH AT HOME TRIED TO GIVE BIRTH AT HOME
WOUND UP BEING RUSHED TO THE WOUND UP BEING RUSHED TO THE
HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL.
>>I’M NOT A BIG PROPONENT OF>>I’M NOT A BIG PROPONENT OF
HOME BIRTH BECAUSE I’VE SEEN THE HOME BIRTH BECAUSE I’VE SEEN THE
BAD THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN, AND BAD THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN, AND
I KNOW THAT THERE’S ONLY MINUTES I KNOW THAT THERE’S ONLY MINUTES
WHEN THEY DO HAPPEN. WHEN THEY DO HAPPEN.
>>Reporter: DOCTOR SAYS THE>>Reporter: DOCTOR SAYS THE
MORTALITY RATE FOR HOME BIRTH MORTALITY RATE FOR HOME BIRTH
BABIES IS ROUGHLY TWICE AS HIGH BABIES IS ROUGHLY TWICE AS HIGH
AS HOSPITAL BIRTHS. AS HOSPITAL BIRTHS.
13 FATALITIES VERSUS SIX FOR 13 FATALITIES VERSUS SIX FOR
EVERY 10,000 IN THE HOSPITAL. EVERY 10,000 IN THE HOSPITAL.
>>WE ARE LICENSED AND REGULATED>>WE ARE LICENSED AND REGULATED
BY THE STATE. BY THE STATE.
>>Reporter: SHE SAYS SAFETY>>Reporter: SHE SAYS SAFETY
CONTINGENCIES ARE IN PLACE IF CONTINGENCIES ARE IN PLACE IF
THERE’S A COMPLICATION. THERE’S A COMPLICATION.
DR. HECKAMAN STILL ISN’T DR. HECKAMAN STILL ISN’T
CONVINCED. CONVINCED.
>>I WOULD RATHER EMBRACE THE>>I WOULD RATHER EMBRACE THE
PATIENTS THAT WOULD CONSIDER PATIENTS THAT WOULD CONSIDER
HOME BIRTH AND IS TALKING TO HOME BIRTH AND IS TALKING TO
THEM AND PROVIDE THEM WHAT THEY THEM AND PROVIDE THEM WHAT THEY
WANT IN A HOSPITAL SETTING. WANT IN A HOSPITAL SETTING.
>>Reporter: BUT FOR SARA,>>Reporter: BUT FOR SARA,
THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT WHERE SHE THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT WHERE SHE
WILL WELCOME BABY NUMBER TWO. WILL WELCOME BABY NUMBER TWO.
DOCTORS AND MIDWIVES DO AGREE ON DOCTORS AND MIDWIVES DO AGREE ON
ONE THING AND THAT IS SOMEONE ONE THING AND THAT IS SOMEONE
WOMEN ARE BETTER CANDIDATES FOR WOMEN ARE BETTER CANDIDATES FOR
HOME DELIVERIES THAN OTHERS. HOME DELIVERIES THAN OTHERS.
FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE WITHOUT ANY FOR EXAMPLE, THOSE WITHOUT ANY
PREVIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS OR PREVIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS OR
C-SECTIONS AND USUALLY WOMEN C-SECTIONS AND USUALLY WOMEN
ONLY HAVING ONE BABY, NOT TWINS ONLY HAVING ONE BABY, NOT TWINS
OR TRIPLETS.

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