The care of newborn infants after delivery should follow the same protocols whether they are born in a hospital, birthing center or at home, according to a new AAP policy.

A new AAP policy can help pediatricians communicate the risks and obstacles of home birth, as well as the standard of care for newborns and the information required by the follow-up physican. The Academy does not support the provision of care by midwives who are not certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Planned Home Birth, published in the May issue of Pediatrics (

;, also calls for improved communication among all participating health care professionals.

The policy emphasizes that while hospitals and birthing centers are the safest settings for U.S. births, the Academy respects the right of women to make a medically informed decision about the location for delivery....

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