Thursday, March 24, 2016

Home Births are an Option

Planned 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.


See the 12/30/15 issue of the NEJM.


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