Home birth and safety

Naomi Hannah, Certified Nurse Midwife, shares advice on how to have a safe homebirth, and how a midwife helps to make homebirths so safe
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Home birth and safety

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During a home birth a midwife is trained to evaluate the safety of the situation for both mother and baby. A midwife will use what’s called a Doppler to listen to the baby’s heartbeat periodically and it’s considered very safe as long as it’s done at proper intervals. And she’s trained to recognize variations in the fetal heartbeat that could require a hospital transfer. Similarly with a mother, if a mother’s blood pressure gets high, or she exhibits any signs of distress, there are limits to her ability to practice at home that require a hospital transfer. And no midwife wants anything bad to happen to you during a home birth and when in doubt, they’re going to suggest the hospital. And that is part of the reason why home births are considered so safe, it’s because the midwife has trained to know when you have fallen outside of the realm of low risk birth.

Naomi Hannah, Certified Nurse Midwife, shares advice on how to have a safe homebirth, and how a midwife helps to make homebirths so safe

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Naomi Hannah, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Naomi Hannah is a midwife who has worked in several birth settings: she has been a Doula, a Certified Professional Midwife, a labor and delivery nurse, and is now a Certified Nurse Midwife. Naomi has approached the many facets of birthing from various angles; a birth center, a home birth practice, and currently a hospital-based practice. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her partner of 13 years and their two children, Eden who is 10 and Ezra, seven, both born with the help of known donors. Her personal experience and professional skills have made it possible to help other women conceive at home with alternative insemination.  She is also a singer-songwriter who has taught preschool music classes. She enjoys sharing music with her children and watching their musical language unfold. 

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