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How to have a safe birth

Created by BabyCenter

It is safest, and recommended, to give birth in a hospital, where there is help if there are problems.

If you cannot have your baby at a hospital, here is how to have a safe birth.

  • Plan to have a medically skilled birth attendant or trained dai with you. She will help you to give birth safely and she will do what is necessary if there is a problem.
  • Make sure you have her phone number so you can call her in an emergency.
  • Have ambulance and taxi numbers ready and make sure you have enough credit on the phone.
  • Make sure your family knows how to contact the birth attendant when it is time.
  • Make sure you have a birth kit ready. Your birth attendant may bring a birth kit. It will contain a plastic sheet, gloves, clean string and tools for cutting your baby's cord. All these items are important for a clean, safe birth.
  • If you cannot get a birth kit, find a clean sheet to have your baby on and 2 cloths, one to dry your baby and one to wrap her in. Have 2 pieces of string, a clean, sharp knife or a clean pair of scissors ready to cut the cord. Your attendant must wash her hands and you must wash between your legs. Get plenty of clean, boiled water and soap ready.
10 February 2015