Thursday, April 16, 2009

BJOG Study Finds Homebirth as Safe as Hospital Birth

A study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that planned homebirth is as safe as hospital birth for women with low-risk pregnancies. The study examined nearly 530,000 births in the Netherlands—a country where one third of women choose to give birth at home. Researchers note the importance of both highly trained midwives who know when to transfer a woman from home to hospital as well as rapid transportation. The study is the largest of its kind and contributes to a growing body of evidence that suggests it is appropriate for women with low-risk pregnancies to choose where to give birth.


Lost said...

So now its time to take on ACOG - there must be a law against false representation of the facts by a proffesional body - they can not just make sttements which are based in no fact - like home birth is dangerous! There has to be ethical laws that will not allow untruths to be pushed on to the public - now is the time to act and stand up for women . birth and midwifery.

home birth CNM said...

What an elegant study! And unsurprising conclusion. It will be nice when practice begins to catch up with the evidence. Thank you for posting this midwife-friendly piece.

another home birth CNM said...

This is a great piece to publicize - thanks ACNM. Those Netherlands - always leading the way!