Myth of Hospital Birth Safer for Low Risk Women.

The following extract is from an article on the Green Med Info site written by Judy Cohain, CNM

Since the beginning of hospital birth, research supporting its use for low risk women has been lacking. The last 15 years has produced 17 studies all supporting attended planned homebirth as safer for low risk women.

Research reveals that there are only 2 acute conditions that might occur at homebirth in which the mother or baby may have a better outcome had they planned a hospital birth, namely: Cord prolapse and Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE). Although tragic, cord prolapse and AFE occur rarely at homebirth, 1/5000 and 1/500,000 respectively, when balanced with the dozens of acute emergency conditions endangering the health of mother and baby that occur at planned hospital birth caused by intervening in the birth process, the scales tip easily in favor of planned attended homebirth for low risk women.  Acute conditions caused by hospital birth are discussed here, to allow low risk women to make informed choices as to place of birth.

Go to this article to read evidence-based answers to the following questions;

Is hospital birth ever safer than homebirth for low risk women?
How do hospital perinatal (around birth) death rates compare to those of planned homebirth attended by an experienced homebirth midwife?
What accounts for the worse outcomes of low risk women in hospital compared to at home?
What acute conditions happen more often or only at hospital birth?
Why does the myth about hospital birth as safer than home birth persist?
What acute conditions or emergencies can happen at birth that are better dealt with in hospital than at home?
How common, or rare are these acute emergencies?

Also this article does not cite recent large scale studies in Holland and the UK which further support the positive outcomes for women birthing at home compared to hospital.

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