The increasing frequency of home deliveries fills me with fear for mothers and their babies (see The Augusta Chronicle, Dec. 16, “Special deliveries”).
I know by experience that there are times during childbirth when mothers and/or their babies may die if they do not have immediate access to the emergency care available only in well-equipped hospitals. Things may quickly go wrong even in low-risk deliveries.
To any expectant mother, I urge you and plead with you to deliver your newborn in a hospital that is prepared to handle any difficulty that may arise during childbirth.
Jerry A. Miller Jr., M.D.