The American Academy of Pediatrics put out a new policy statement called “Planned Home Birth” this week.  The Policy Document summarizes the standards of care for newborn infants born at home.  It’s designed to help pediatricians provide supportive, informed advice to women considering home birth.

The AAP Report says they agree with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that hospitals and birthing centers are the safest settings for birth- but they thought it was important to put out guidance out of respect for the right of women to make a medically informed decision about their delivery.  The report says that… “the goal of providing high-quality care to all newborn infants can best be achieved through continuing efforts by all participating health care providers and institutions to develop and sustain communications and understanding on the basis of professional interaction and mutual respect throughout the health care system.”

That’s also what we’re trying to accomplish as we finish our licensing standards for Certified Professional Midwives in Arizona.  Our next Midwifery Scope of Practice Advisory Committee Meeting will be from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, May 15 in our Laboratory conference room at 250 N 17th  Avenue, Phoenix.  The meeting will again be broadcast live on Livestream.