for moms wanting home births.
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are as safe as we can make them. We know from experience that there are certain
criteria that we work with to keep them safe.
- Your pregnancy
has to be 100% normal
- You need
to have completed 37 weeks of pregnancy (to avoid having
a premature baby)
- You should
be within 10 minutes of a hospital (if this is a private hospital then you
need to consider if you can afford to pay for a Caesar).If
you can't afford this then it may be possible to have the birth at a place
nearer a government hospital.
- We supply
oxygen, instruments and medication(the cost of medication is over and above
the quoted fee +/- R200.00)
We prefer to
have two people at the birth either the two of us or one of us and someone
we work with.
Below is list of things that would prevent you from having a baby at home.
- First babies,
previous Caesars, any serious illness outside pregnancy, infertility, any
major abdominal operations.
- If problems
develop in pregnancy which will endanger mom or baby i.e. high blood pressure,
bleeding, decreased foetal movement, prematurity or any condition that we
may feel will influence you or your baby's safety.
Labour, below are the most common conditions that would necessitate
you going to hospital.
- If your
waters break and the colour is green,
- If your
waters break and you do not go into labour and need to be induced (at midwives discrestion).
- If you should
need pain relief.
- If the baby
shows any kind of distress.
- If you go
past your due date and need to be induced.
- If at any
time you are not progressing in labour,
- If we feel
that you or your baby are in any danger.
I know this
all sounds very scary but I can reassure you that all of the above don't often
happen but it is essential that you are aware of them.