close Video Pregnant women worry about childbirth during COVID-19 pandemic Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle reports. Get the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. While expectant mothers may be weighing the option of home births to avoid the risk of contracting coronavirus while in the hospital, one experienced obstetrician is advising against it. Home births typically do not have access to emergency interventions and monitoring, and the risk of newborn death is double compared to delivering at a hospital or birth center, while the risk of brain injury to the child is tripled, according to Dr. Adam Wolfberg, obstetrician and chief medical officer with Ovia Health. “As an obstetrician, I never recommend home births,” Wolfberg told Fox News. “As much as somebody might want it, I just don’t think it’s safe for mom or for baby.” CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE Wolfberg worries for pregnant moms considering home births considering “how thinly stretched the EMS system is,” and the full measures being taken by hospitals to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection cannot be replicated in a home setting. Though Wolfberg is an advocate for midwifery and said midwife-attended deliveries are just as good as those attended by… Read full this story
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