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Those who come for homebirth services is in early-mid 40's

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, January 17, 2007 | 0 comments

I am a homebirth midwife and typically the woman who come to us for homebirth services is a healthy college educated woman usually in her early to mid forties. She typically has had two or three children born in her thirties that were born in the hospital and comes to us to avoid the prenatal testing and the resulting stress from seeing an OB/GYN who will categorize her as a high risk pregnancy simply due to her age, and thus pressure her to have testing .

Our mothers also want to avoid unnecessary interventions at birth too. About the most we will do is order a sonogram and that is only if the woman requests it or if we suspect multiples..... We do not consider age to be a risk factor for healthy pregnancy and birth....

All our mothers are screened for health factors either prenatal or sometimes before conception...the vast majority of our mothers conceive naturally, these are much wanted children, occasionally we have mothers who conceived after taking Clomid, we had one women recently who had IUI....

Our transfer rate is very low, less than 5% of our mothers end up delivering in a hospital, even then only rarely is a caesarean needed, like I said we screen our women really well for true risk factors.


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