Safe Alternative to Hospital
Birth in Houston, TX

Feb 28, 2011 |
In The News,  |
Kellie Moeller, CNM

Mothers can Safely Give Birth at Home

Long before hospitals became a part of our everyday lives, women had their babies at home. Midwives and their assistants were there to provide guidance, advice and experience to the would-be-mothers.

Long before hospitals became a part of our everyday lives, women had their babies at home. Midwives and their assistants were there to provide guidance, advice and experience to the would-be-mothers.

Kellie Moeller who is a certified nurse midwife (CNM) believes that having a hospital birth is not the only way today’s mothers can safely give birth.

"There are some very safe alternative ways of giving birth," Moeller said. "In my classes I teach dignified, drug-free methods to help women through childbirth."

Moeller is a Certified Nurse Midwife for HomeBirth Experience Inc, an alternative birthing and child-rearing company based in Houston, Texas. She works with couples who want to get the most out of their birth experiences.

"Many parents chose to have a baby at home with a midwife, others have their babies in the hospital but want a certain atmosphere and a midwife to deliver the baby, and still others have a doctor delivery at the hospital, or birthing center but want someone there to see that their rights are protected. We provide consumer-oriented preparation classes for home, birthing center, or hospital births," she said.

Moeller prepares would be parents by teaching them everything from choosing a birthing location to good nutrition to breastfeeding.

One of the areas Moeller concentrates on is how to effectively deal with the pain of childbirth. "The is no pain-killing medication that a mother can take that will not affect the unborn baby. Medication given to women to bring on labor can make the contractions so strong that the baby loses oxygen and runs a risk of incurring brain damage," Moeller said. "Also once the hospital administers that drug, it will give the mother 24 hours to give birth before they will perform a cesarean."

Moeller also uses the priority stimuli theory to help women cope. "This means that the bran cannot accept too much stimuli at one time, so for example if the woman is experiencing pain in her abdomen, she can apply hot compresses. That way the brain will concentrate on the "hot" sensation and the pain will gradually decrease. Or counter-pressure can be applied to the lumbar region of the lower back."

Nutrition is another important factor in childbirth, according to Moeller. "The better nourished and healthy a body is the better it can cope with the stress of childbirth. And the converse is also true. For example a woman with anemia is more likely to hemorrhage and least likely to be able to cope with the trauma of hemorrhaging. Blood pressure can affect the body’s ability to cope, etc."

According to Moeller her objective is to make would-be parents as aware of all the options available to them as possible. "The more they know the better decisions they can make," she said.

For parents who do decide to use HomeBirth Experience’s services, Moeller recommends that they still make arrangements with a doctor in case of emergency. "If complications do arise you do not want to take potluck at the hospital," Moeller said. "You want a doctor you trust."

With proper preparation Moeller says just about any emergency can be detected early. "If you know the early warning signs, as Certified Nurse Midwives do, you can predict just about any situation.

Most midwives only accept women who are low-risk that is they do not have any major health problems that could cause complications during the childbirth.

Midwifery in on the rise in the United States, and more and more insurance plans are providing coverage for parents who have their children at home with a midwife. Established medical journals in the U.S. have proven that midwife deliveries are as save, if not safer, than hospital births.

Blog Posted: Feb 28, 2011
Posted by: Kellie Moeller, CNM
President HomeBirth Experience, Inc.
281-309-8030

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