Be informed....

Newborn conditions such as meconium aspiration, respiratory distress, prolonged transition and undiagnosed fetal conditions are perfect examples of why mothers need to be better educated about births outside of hospitals. These conditions are unpredictable and require immediate interventions for the baby that you cannot provide at home. Maternity centers adjacent to hospitals or the birth of your choice in a hospital are options. All mothers have the right to their natural birth while making an informed decision and without gambling with the health of their newborn. As a neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurse, I have seen the tragic consequences from the delay in appropriate care.

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