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ABSTRACT

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.