(ABC) -- Giving birth at home is becoming popular again, but a prominent doctors group says – beware.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says home births in the United States increased 29 percent from 2004 to 2009.
But, in a new statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics frowns on the practice.
The authors say hospitals and birthing centers are the safest places to deliver a baby, citing:
- Trained personnel
- Medical equipment
- And, immediate specialized care
That way any complications that may arise can be dealt with appropriately.
Research suggests home birth in the United States is associated with a two-to-threefold increase in neo-natal seizures.
The academy recommends using only midwives certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
They add that at least one person should be present whose job is just to care for the newborn and who has the skills to perform resuscitation if necessary.