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Home births safe as hospital: Study

A new study suggests that deliveries of infants in planned home birthsin the presence of a registered midwife are as safe as those done inhospitals.

A new study suggests that deliveries of infants in planned home births in the presence of a registered midwife are as safe as those done in hospitals.

Researchers looked at nearly 2,900 home births attended by midwives in B.C., and more than 4,700 planned hospital births also in the presence of midwives.

The study, led by Dr. Patricia Janssen from UBC, then compared these births to more than 5,300 births attended by physicians in hospital.

Researchers found wo-men who had planned a home birth had lower risk of obstetric interventions, including a C-section, or complications like hemorrhage, compared to those who delivered in hospitals.

Infants whose mothers planned home births also had similar or reduced risk of death compared to newborns whose moms planned a hospital birth.

But researchers say they can’t rule out the possibility the differences found between home and hospital births are due to “unmeasured characteristics of the women who chose home birth.”

The study didn’t explore the characteristics of women who might opt for a home birth.

 
 
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