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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Homebirth Statistics

Interested in well-documented statistics about home birth verses hospital birth? Bethany shares three studies. She provides a helpful summery for those of us who would rather not take the time to read entire research papers.

Is home birth safe? 
Most doctors in the US will say no, absolutely not. But is that really true? Here are a couple studies so that you may decide for yourself. 
1. 2009 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)Conclusion: “Planned homebirth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric intervention and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.” 
 Details: This is a very good study because it looked at only women who were low-risk; even the women who gave birth in the hospital would have qualified for a home birth if they had desired. Therefore, the study is not biased in favor of homebirth, but is as fair as humanly possible. For a planned home birth, rates of perinatal (baby) death per 1000 births was 0.35. For the planned hospital births with a midwife, rates of perinatal death per 1000 births was 0.57. For planned hospital births with a physician, rates of perinatal death were 0.64. Notably, the study finds that women who had planned home births were significantly less likely to have bad maternal (mother) outcomes, such as severe tearing or hemorrhage. ...

Let's be as informed as we can and understand our decisions about birth. Read the rest of the blog post here. What do you think of the research?

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