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Thinking About a Home Birth?

From the show: Healthy Children
Dr. Kristi Watterberg, MD
Guest Bio
Guest Bio: Dr. Kristi Watterberg, MD
Watterberg 4-2013Dr. Kristi Watterberg is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico.She served as Chief of the Division of Neonatology from 2006 – 2011, and is now the Director of the UNM Signature Program in Child Health Research. Dr. Watterberg has received federal funding for observational and interventional studies exploring the relationships between prenatal and postnatal inflammation, adrenal function and the development of BPD. Dr. Watterberg is the Principal Investigator at New Mexico for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, which has multiple ongoing observational and interventional studies. She was a member of the Committee on Fetus and Newborn of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2006 – 2012, and is the incoming chair of the Committee as of July 2013. Dr. Watterberg is an author on more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, serves on NIH peer review panels, and is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society
Although still uncommon, the rate of home births has increased during the past several years in the U.S.

In a new policy statement, "Planned Home Birth," in the May 2013 Pediatrics (published online April 29) the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes recommendations for the care of infants born in a home setting.

Regardless of the circumstances of the birth, including location, every newborn infant deserves health care that adheres to AAP standards.

Dr. Kristi Watterberg shares some helpful information regarding home birth and home birth safety.

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