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Home Birth Safe for Low-Risk Women: Study

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For low-risk women, having a baby at home is as safe as giving birth at a hospital with a midwife, says a study that looked at 530,000 births in the Netherlands, which has a high rate of home births.

The safety of home births has long been a subject of debate, but this study found that home birth did not increase the risk of death or serious illness among mothers and babies, BBC News reported.

The study was published in the journal BJOG.

"We found that for low-risk mothers at the start of their labor, it is just as safe to deliver at home with a midwife as it is in hospital with a midwife," said Professor Simone Buitendijk, of the TNO Institute for Applied Scientific Research, BBC News reported.

"These results should strengthen policies that encourage low-risk women at the onset of labor to choose their own place of birth," Buitendijk added.

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Thank you for your post and for finding Empowher! I am not sure what you mean by negativity since this article was stating how safe home births are and our discussion boards on home birthing is also pretty positive - you can read it here : http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/homebirthing-do-you-think-its-safe-option

Some of our 'related content' connects certain phrases - rather than subjects. As always, we happy to work on this 'techie' issues!

Please feel free to write about your interest in births - be it home births or otherwise - we'd love to hear what you have to say!

April 17, 2009 - 12:18pm

Hi, I'm new to this site, and i'm an independent film-maker especially interested in birth. this is interesting. but why is it all expressed as negatives and why are all the related links so negative or obtuse? why is that content related?

can there be more space for celebration of birth at home? weren't there any related articles to that? well, it's time to do something about that! :-)

April 16, 2009 - 4:13am
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