Have you wondered how complications are handled if they come up during a home birth? I cover everything from stalled labor to “stuck” babies to lots of bleeding in this week's episode!

Topics I Cover in This Podcast:

  • Does technology make birth “safer?”
  • Why prevention is the most important thing to consider (no matter where you're giving birth)
  • How pregnancy prepares you for a safer birth
  • Why hormonal flow is critical to safe childbirth
  • Situations where you should immediately transfer
  • What to do if labor seems “stalled”
  • How to handle a should dystocia
  • What happens when baby seems to be struggling
  • Handling hemorrhage postpartum (and what creates safety)
  • Final thoughts on safety during childbirth and home birth

If you'd like a succinct guide to handling issues during labor, click here for a copy of Emergency Childbirth and a copy of the emergency cheat sheets to go along with it:

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Things Mentioned on This Week's Podcast

Here's a video on resolving shoulder dystocia from Gail Tully. Ruth Goldberg talked about her techniques:

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How to Handle Home Birth Complications

About the author 


Kristen is a wife and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com and helping families through her online childbirth class MamaBabyBirthing.com

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  1. What a wonderful episode! Often the words “pregnancy and birth complications” are enough to put fear into mothers. That needn’t be the case. It’s perfectly acceptable to learn about, and prepare for possible complications so they don’t become life-or-death situations.

    The one thing I’ll add to what you already said about babies not breathing right away when they are born… I knew that going into my (intentional unassisted) home birth, and my daughter didn’t breathe right away for 4 whole minutes. I felt her cord and it was pulsing strongly so I knew she was alright. But I had forgotten to let my husband know that this could happen and he was worried – terrified more like it! Afterwards we discussed it, and when he realized why I was unconcerned he came to peace with it happening as well. People should know that a “slow to start baby” might mean they don’t breathe for quite a long time, but it’s less about the actual number of minutes than it is about whether the baby is still getting oxygen through their umbilical cord. (At hospitals the cord is routinely clamped and cut within the first 20 seconds of baby coming out. MY baby needed 4 more minutes of staying attached)

    The more you know, the less you need to be scared of. 🙂

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