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Interest in Home Births Rises During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Across the country, COVID-19 has pregnant families reassessing their birth plans and questioning whether home birth is a safer option. Pregnant women are reconsidering their birth plans, especially as local COVID-19 cases rise and hospitals enact new policies surrounding birth and newborn care. The World Health Organization explicitly recommends skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding, even if a birth parent tests positive for COVID-19. Cassandra Shuck, a doula in Charlotte, North Carolina, says she’s seen a surge of interest in at-home births within her community. Each day, new pregnant women reach out inquiring about how they can secure an at-home birth professional during the pandemic.
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