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Obstetrician praises nurses for addressing safety issues with home child births

I would like to applaud the nurses from the Birth Center at Summit Medical Center for their courageous letter published on Nov. 10 regarding the dangers of unassisted home delivery.

Their letter was in response to an advertorial in the Health Tips section espousing the wonders of unassisted home birth. While the article raised some very valid points for discussion regarding patients’ autonomy and choice, which are especially important in such a personal experience as the delivery of one’s child, the article addressed none of the dangers of home delivery.

As stated in their letter, a recent study from the University of Washington showed that babies born at home had nearly twice the risk of dying as compared to babies born in a hospital and nearly three times the risk of dying if it was the first pregnancy for the mother.

I think the nurses should be congratulated for taking a stand to try to protect the health and safety of mothers and infants in Summit County.

As an obstetrician here in Summit County for more than three years, I have delivered more than 300 babies at the birth center. I worked at several hospitals prior to moving to Summit County, and in my experience, I have never had the privilege of working with a more dedicated and professional group of nurses than those at the Summit Medical Center.

They are an incredibly kind and caring group of women with a real dedication to their patients. I have also been impressed with the way in which they have strived to continue to educate themselves in an effort to continue to improve the safety of the patients at the birth center.

They have acted as strong advocates for the health of mothers and infants here in Summit County. My partners and I have received innumerable compliments from patients regarding their deliveries at the birth center. I think that, in large part, the credit for these positive experiences needs to go to the quality of the nursing care that they received during their labor.

I just wanted to express my gratitude to the labor and delivery nurses for the intelligent and compassionate care that they have provided for my patients.

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