Planned Home Births

Planned home births have increased during the past several years. Of all births, the incidence of home births is still below 1% and is not well supported in the United States. If a home birth is considered, I cannot stress enough the importance of subsequent newborn care that includes erythromycin eye ointment and intramuscular vitamin K. I recommend reading the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement regarding home births.  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/5/1016