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Hospital Birth vs. Home Birth - Essay Example
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Running Head: HOSPITAL BIRTH VS. HOME BIRTH Hospital Birth vs. Home Birth Instructor Date Introduction Pregnant women may prefer different settings for delivery depending on which they are most comfortable with and which provides minimum risk to them and the unborn children…
Discussion NCT (2008) states that, “In the 1950’s the majority of pregnant women in United Kingdom delivered their babies at home” (p.2). The ratio of midwives and women who were knowledgeable in midwifery to the general population was higher compared to the past decade. Most middle aged women had experience in midwifery having assisted in child delivery of a family member of a friend. At the time, home birth was considered reasonably safe and without concerns of overcrowding and fatigue. NCT (2008) continues to state that, “Trends gradually changed in the 1970’s towards the 80’s as hospital births increased in frequency and numbers. By the 1990’s home births had reduced significantly to about 1% (p.2).” In recent times this percentage has increased to 2.68% as popularity and campaigns for home births have increased. ACOG (2011) notes that “Most governments require that recommendations be made to pregnant women to have a choice of their desired place of birthing.” A medical professional can evaluate and examine a pregnant woman and suggest a place of birth for the woman explaining his or her recommendation based on medical grounds to her. ...
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