[LISTEN] Why a midwife is still a safe option if you want a home birth

Many people are choosing to go back to the older way of giving birth, with the help of midwives.

Dr says it is still safe to have a home birth and that midwives use the same technology and medications to carry out the procedure.

Yazbek explains the process and what happens after.

It is quite safe, midwives actually take a hospital home. So all the essential equipment that you find in a labor ward and in hospital, they take with them. In an emergency situation, there is enough time to refer a patient to a hospital.

Dr Mariatha Yazbek, Chairperson - The Society of Midwives of South Africa

Usually how it works, these independent midwives work with obstetricians in the private sector as backup, so the patient has to see the doctor once at least.

Dr Mariatha Yazbek, Chairperson - The Society of Midwives of South Africa

She says patients must go through a risk assessment in which they are asked for their pregnancy history and must meet certain requirements,

[We check for] high blood pressure, sugar diabetes, no patients with any infections.

Dr Mariatha Yazbek, Chairperson - The Society of Midwives of South Africa

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