With the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of women are wanting to give birth at home, but it's not for everyone.
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Having your baby in a hospital is still the safest choice, even during the coronavirus pandemic, updated guidelines from a leading pediatricians' group say.
"We recognize that women have different reasons for planning a home delivery, such as cultural or religious beliefs -- and right now, concerns over the coronavirus pandemic," guideline author Dr. Kristi Watterberg said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
"We are providing information for physicians to share with expectant parents to help them understand the factors that increase the risks of home birth and recommend standards for newborn care," Watterberg added. "If a medical emergency does arise during birth at home, families should also be aware of the very real risk that emergency transport services could be unavailable due to the coronavirus response."