out-of-hospital births had a slight increase in perinatal mortality in a large
Oregon study, but the risk was very low in both groups.As expected the use of assisted delivery
methods such as induction of labor and C-sections was much lower in home births.Studies in Europe have shown that planned out-of-hospital
births for low-risk patients can be a safe option.Mothers and fathers often report a favorable
birth experience.The authors stress the
importance of skilled midwives and careful backup coverage from obstetricians.