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  1. You want total, uninterrupted access to your baby.
    Birthing at home means having faster and better access to your baby postpartum as all of the hospital protocol—weighing, cleaning, Apgar testing—is done right beside you and not in the next room. There is no nursery, so you will spend every minute with your baby, work on breastfeeding and bonding.
  1. You have a good pediatrician on deck.
    Every expectant parent should line up a pediatrician for their new addition before the birth, but after a homebirth it is especially important that the baby be seen within one or two days of arrival. Since we assume there is no neonatologist on staff at your house, your family doctor or pediatrician needs to make sure all is well with your little one.