Dispatch: Birth Wars
Who’s really winning the homebirth debate.
by Jennifer Block
August 3, 2009
"the research evidence suggests a more nuanced conversation. Home birth by choice among healthy women in industrialized countries has been studied for four decades. There have been dozens of studies published. The largest to date, published in April in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, looked at more than 500,000 births to healthy women in the Netherlands and found that no more babies died among those who planned to give birth at home than those who chose the hospital. "The opinion that a hospital birth is the best option for every woman is increasingly being challenged," write the study's authors. "These results should strengthen the policies that encourage low-risk women . . . to choose their own place of birth.""
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