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Best Practice Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital

These guidelines were designed to facilitate the safe and mutually respectful transfer of care of a woman and her family from a planned home birth to the hospital. The model blueprint was created as the result of a unique collaboration among physicians, midwives, nurses and consumers.

Model Transfer Forms

Three model transfer forms – Maternal, Infant, and Nurse – were created to accompany the Best Practice Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital. These forms were designed as a part of the process to facilitate the safe and mutually respectful transfer of care of a woman and her family from a planned home birth to the hospital.

The forms are available for individual practitioners and institutions for immediate use or as a part of a larger transport protocol.

To access a downloadable pdf or online format of the tool, lay summary, or instructions for use in research or education, please click the link below.

NEW: Best Practice Guidelines for Interprofessional Collaboration

Collaborative care throughout the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods is crucial to safety in all birth settings, including hospital, birth center, and home. It improves health outcomes and meets the diverse needs and preferences of families.

These guidelines address the various levels of interactions between care providers from discussion, through consultation, collaboration, up to transfer of care from one provider to another. Best practices for community midwives and collaborating providers and system level requirements for collaborative care are identified.