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The 2 year UK Place of Birth study showed that for healthy women a planned home birth was most likely to result in a natural birth, compared to labouring in an obstetric or midwifery led (primary) unit. Whereas healthy women labouring in an obstetric maternity unit  more often had their labours sped–up (called ‘augmentation of labour’) and needed an epidural for pain relief, both of which contribute to labours ending with either an instrumental or surgical delivery. These findings are the same for birth outcomes in New Zealand [1] where most women have continuity of care through-out each pregnancy, labour and the first 6 weeks after birth by the same midwife, which is rare in the UK. When NZ women labour in a secondary or tertiary hospital, up to one-third of healthy women may have their babies delivered by either forceps, vacuum or surgery. Where-as those who labour at home in either country, are the women most likely to have a natural vaginal birth compared to those who labour in a midwifery led (primary) birth unit or a hospital. Continue reading

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