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Story Updated: Apr 30, 2013

Although it's still not the norm, more American women are opting to have their babies at home

So, the American Academy of Pediatrics is out with brand new recommendations on the subject. They include:

-Using only midwives certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

-Having a minimum of 2 individuals attending each delivery.

-Having at least one person whose primary responsibility is to care for the newborn and who is trained to resuscitate the infant if the need arises

-checking all medical equipment, as well as the telephone, before the big day

-and having a backup plan with a nearby medical facility in case of emergency.

AAP guidelines also include a detailed physical exam, monitoring of temperature, heart and respiratory rates, feeding assessment and other newborn screenings.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news that can help keep your family healthy.

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