Rahima Baldwin Dancy is a certified professional midwife (CPM) who began a home birth practice in 1977. She has been instrumental in the preparation of tens of thousands of couples for homebirth through the founding of informed Homebirth in 1977 and the national childbirth educator training and certification program that she developed the same year. Her first book, Special Delivery, is still one of the main resources of the home birth movement. Ms. Dancy is co-director of The Birth Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
PREPARING COUPLES FOR HOME BIRTH
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2011
1995 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 40, Issue 6, pages 522–528, November-December 1995
How to Cite
Dancy, R. B. and Fullerton, J. T. (1995), PREPARING COUPLES FOR HOME BIRTH. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 40: 522–528. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(95)00017-8
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2011
Parents planning a home birth need specific information beyond that which typically is covered in childbirth preparation classes geared for hospital couples. Topics that specifically need to be included in preparation for home birth include the meaning of shared responsibility for the birth at home, informed disclosure of personal and professional data, motivating factors and barriers to a successful birth, coping strategies, preparation of the home environment, contingency plans for referral or emergency transport, and preparation for self-care following the birth.