For Childbirth, Choose Hospital Over Home
Childbirth remains one of the most precious times in a family’s life, although the COVID-19 pandemic is necessitating changes in many birth plans. At NMMC hospitals, safety is still the utmost concern.
The pandemic has prompted some expectant parents to consider home birth, but we as doctors still advise against it.
According to a report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice, planned home birth is associated with a more than twofold increased risk of perinatal death (1-2 in 1,000) and a threefold increased risk of neonatal seizures or serious neurologic dysfunction (0.4-0.6 in 1,000).
Even with the coronavirus pandemic, we still feel like home birth is not as safe as delivery in an accredited birth center or hospital. If something goes wrong and you have to be transported to a hospital in the middle of delivery, it’s not going to end well. We just want you and your baby to be safe.
For many years, babies have roomed-in with their parents at our hospitals, which means newborns are not exposed in a nursery. The same nurse takes care of the mother and baby, which also lessens exposure. Until the pandemic lifts, visitors are still limited. For more information about childbirth during COVID-19, call NMMC Women’s Hospital at (662) 377-4902, NMMC Gilmore-Amory at (662) 256-6203 or NMMC-West Point Women’s Pavilion at (662) 495-2355, or visit www.nmhs.net/pregnancy-birth.