Births at home are officially legalized
The Seimas approved the
amendments to the Law on Nursing Practice and Midwifery Practice, which
regulate maternity at home. Henceforth, nurses and midwives are given
more rights and responsibilities so that they can take birth at home,
when there is no threat to both mother’s and the newborn's health. So
far, this area has not been clearly regulated and those who wanted to
have a baby at home encouraged ‘illegal activities’.
‘It is a pleasure that the project with
so much attention has finally been adopted. This is very important
because people are giving birth at home, this is a reality, it is their
right to choose. This can not be ignored, therefore, the state must
clearly define the rules that must be followed to ensure security.
Therefore, soon it will be possible to provide quality services to all
mothers who have decided to have a baby at their own home’, says
Minister A. Veryga. Its is also important to note, that parents will
have to cover the expenses for giving birth at home. While the state
ensures and covers high quality birth services at treatment
According to Odeta Vitkūnienė, the Head
of the Nursing Coordination Division of the Ministry of Health, who are
temporarily performing chancellery, the order valid till now prevented
from high quality birth services at home.
‘For example, general practice midwives
were not yet able to provide patients with medical assistance on their
own, and they had to be immediately transferred to hospitals. In order
to provide the necessary services for a pregnant women, it was necessary
to enable the medical staff to provide such assistance. The approved
project provides for midwives to ensure medical assistance if maternity
is at risk. If pregnancy is risk free, midwives will be able to take
birth at home, assign and prescribe the necessary medication’, says O.
It is important to know that not all
births can be accepted at home, first of all those that are not at risk.
In order to protect future mothers and their children, in cases where a
pregnancy has a risk factor, birth will have to be taken in treatment
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