Google Play icon

Home births as safe as hospital births, but only for low-risk pregnancies

Posted August 15, 2019

A large international study led by McMaster shows that women with low-risk pregnancies who intend to give birth at home have no increased chance of the baby’s perinatal or neonatal death compared to low-risk women who intend to give birth in a hospital.

The results have been published by The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine journal.

Free image via Pixabay

“More women in well-resourced countries are choosing birth at home, but concerns have persisted about their safety,” says Eileen Hutton, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster, the founding director of the McMaster Midwifery Research Centre and first author of the paper.

“This research clearly demonstrates the risk is no different when the birth is intended to be at home or in hospital.”

The study examined the safety of place of birth by reporting on the risk of death at the time of birth or within the first four weeks, and found no clinically important or statistically different risk between home and hospital groups.

The study, which is the first systematic review and meta-analyses to use a previously published, peer-reviewed protocol for the research, used data from 21 studies published since 1990 comparing home and hospital birth outcomes in Sweden, New Zealand, England, Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Canada and the U.S.

Researchers compared outcomes from approximately 500,000 intended home births to similar numbers of births intended to occur in hospital in these eight countries.

“Our research provides much needed information to policy makers, care providers and women and their families when planning for birth,” Hutton said.

The study was supported in part by a grant from the Association of Ontario Midwives.

Source: McMaster University

Featured news from related categories:

Technology Org App
Google Play icon
86,938 science & technology articles

Most Popular Articles

  1. You Might Not Need a Hybrid Car If This Invention Works (January 11, 2020)
  2. Toyota Raize a new cool compact SUV that we will not see in this part of the world (November 24, 2019)
  3. An 18 carat gold nugget made of plastic (January 13, 2020)
  4. Human body temperature has decreased in United States, study finds (January 10, 2020)
  5. Donkeys actually prefer living in hot climate zones (January 6, 2020)

Follow us

Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest   Tumblr   RSS   Newsletter via Email