More Information: For Committee Opinion #697—Planned Home Birth

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers, and patients on topics related to Committee Opinion #697 “Planned Home Birth.” These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

External Resources

Planned Home Birth (PDF), American Academy of Pediatrics
This policy statement is intended to help pediatricians provide supportive, informed counsel to women considering home birth while retaining their role as child advocates. It also summarizes the standards of care for newborn infants born at home, which are consistent with the standards for infants born in a medical care facility.

Global Standards for Midwifery Education (PDF), International Confederation of Midwives
These standards promote regulatory mechanisms that protect women and families by ensuring that safe and competent midwives provide a high standard of midwifery care to every woman and baby.

Global Standards for Midwifery Regulation (PDF), International Confederation of Midwives
These standards define the expectations for competencies and scope of midwifery practice to promote the health of women and childbearing families.

Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice (PDF), International Confederation of Midwives
These essential competencies complement the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) standards and guidelines related to midwifery education, regulation, and clinical practice.

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