Postdate Protocols for Homebirth Practice

Modern obstetrical practice is to employ a variety of fetal testing options followed by induction, in some cases as early as 38 weeks. For midwifery care at home, where interventions are kept to a minimum, midwives and their clients strive to find a less invasive and safe approach for postdate pregnancies. This paper explores the possibility that induction and fetal surveillance methods are not the answer; that a more intuitive and multi-tiered approach should be employed for each particular woman and birth.
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About Author: Paula M. Hostler

Paula M. Hostler is an aspiring midwife living in Pennsylvania with her husband, Eric, and her sons, Ethan, Jarrett and Owen, and her daughter, Amanda. She can be reached at paulahostler@comcast.net.

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