Pregnant mothers should not take the risk of delivering their babies at home as it can compromise the safety of the mother and unborn child, said state comittee chairman for health, environment, education, and information Datuk Ayub Rahmat. Pic by NSTP/MOHD AZREN JAMALUDIN

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JOHOR BARU: Pregnant mothers should not take the risk of delivering their babies at home as it can compromise the safety of the mother and unborn child, said state comittee chairman for health, environment, education, and information Datuk Ayub Rahmat.

Ayub was concerned over viralled news of a botched home delivery overseen by a doula (childbirth helper) in Pulai recently where the baby apparently died.

"I have yet to receive any report on the news but I will get to the bottom of it," he said.

Ayub said giving birth outside medical or health institutions was not recommended or ideal.

"All births should take place in a secure and hygienicly sterile facility such as government or private hospitals, registered health clinics, or government approved maternity centres," he said.

Ayub said proper maternity facilities managed by medically certified doctros and trained nurses and midwives would minimise risks during labour.

He added that births in such facilities would also be recorded, filed and be legitimate.

"Do not take the risk when clearly there are better options that one can take to avert a risk of complications during childbirth," he said.

He also said parents should not simply make hasty decisions and depend on doulas during labour at home as the doula would not be able to handle a crisis.

"At the moment there is no law to govern doulas or childbirth helpers," he said.

Ayub said doulas were not trained to medically treat members of the public. The doula could be unfit and risk the life of the mother and child should there be complications during the birth process," he said.

Meanwhile Johor police chief Datuk Khalil Kader Mohd said he would look into the matter.

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