The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has devoted countless resources to ongoing research regarding the effects of the novel Coronavirus on pregnancy, and vice versa. Even in light of these efforts, much remains unknown about pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic (1). One area experts have recently weighed in on is the increased interest in home…
Recent research from Amos Grunebaum, MD, and Frank A. Chervenak, MD of the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York finds that women who have had a prior C-Section and who opted to have a subsequent home birth have a much greater risk of their children having serious complications (including seizures and neurological dysfunction). Home…
During a home birth, a delay in getting the baby to the hospital for a C-section when the baby was getting no oxygen (due to a uterine rupture and prolapsed umbilical cord) caused the baby to have permanent brain damage.
A baby experienced a severe lack of oxygen to her brain, a brain bleed and severe brain damage because she was born at home and did not receive a simple test that would have led to the diagnosis of a congenital heart condition that usually has good outcomes when diagnosed early.
Home births increase a baby’s risk of birth injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) & cerebral palsy.
Home birth increases risk of cerebral palsy, birth injuries, HIE: Giving birth outside of an institution with the capacity to quickly perform a C-section delivery if the baby becomes distressed greatly increases the risk of birth complications and birth injuries.