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What interventions can a midwife do at home?

Midwives do have a host of other clinical skills that they can use, depending on their scope of practice, training, and licensure. In general, home birth midwives can do the following:

  • Intermittently monitor baby’s heart rate with a handheld Doppler and/or fetoscope

  • Monitor the woman’s progress of labor

  • Perform cervical exams as requested by the mother

  • Provide physical and emotional support during labor

  • Perform a newborn exam

  • Suture any tears after birth

  • Recognize complications and transfer a patient to the hospital (most of the time complications are recognized and women are transferred before the situation becomes an emergency)

  • Administer oxygen and emergency medications

  • Perform adult and neo resuscitation