Safer Delivery at the Hospital
Regardless if there is a COVID-19 threat or not, home birth is not advisable when registered and equipped birthing facilities are available. This is to ensure the delivery of quality care to both mother and baby.
According to the World Health Organization, “quality of care” is defined as “the extent to which health care services provided to individuals and patient populations improve desired health outcomes. In order to achieve this, health care must be safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable and people-centered.” It is said to be a key component of the right to health, and the route to equity and dignity for women and children.
Having mentioned this, birthing is a major event where a lot of factors may come into play. It is very risky. As some mothers would say, it is akin to having one foot in the grave. The possible complications are many, including:
- Blood loss
- Vaginal laceration
- High blood pressure
- Prolonged labor
- Difficult delivery
There are instances when even natural birth or vaginal delivery can have a surprising turn of events such as:
- Having a placenta that does not separate from the uterus
- Laceration involving the cervix or rectum
- Having meconium-stained amniotic fluid which the baby may have swallowed.
In times like these, having specialized equipment on hand and an available team of healthcare workers to respond to the needs of the baby and the mother could spell the difference between a happy or a dire ending. If any of the possible complications are not readily addressed during labor at home, it could risk the mother’s or the baby’s life. Having a skilled healthcare worker—a doctor, nurse, or midwife—with proficiency in managing pregnancy and childbirth, including the appropriate management of complications, is the ideal in labor and delivery.