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Out-of-Hospital Birth Shown to Be Safe & Effective . . . Again

With the Duchess of Cambridge apparently lobbying for a home birth (Be it ever so grandiose, there’s no place like home?) and inspiring U.K. women to follow in her wake, it seems relevant to [...]

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Is Hospital Birth Safer Than Out-of-Hospital Birth?

UPI has published an article on the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) data analysis, “Perspectives on risk: Assessment of risk profiles and outcomes among women planning community birth [...]

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ACOG Issues New Committee Opinion on Home Birth: Some Things Old, Some Things New

The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) has published a revised and updated Committee Opinion on “Planned Home Birth.” If you read the media reports on it, you would [...]

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S&S Interviews Author of NEJM Out-of-Hospital Birth Study

Science & Sensibility caps its series on out-of-hospital birth with an interview with Jonathan Snowden, PhD. Dr. Snowden is the lead author of an analysis of out-of-hospital birth in Oregon [...]

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Dueling Statistics: Is Out-of-Hospital Birth Safe?

Popping up all over the internet this past week were the results of a New England Journal of Medicine study of Oregon State statistics finding that planned out-of-hospital birth slightly [...]

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New Study Finds Women Are Safe at Home

The Toronto Star reports on a large study comparing outcomes between 11,493 low-risk Canadian women planning home birth at the onset of labor and a random sample of 11,493 equally low-risk women [...]

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Antidote to ‘Net Stories on Jessa Duggar’s “Scary” Home Birth

Amid the ‘net brouhaha over Jessa Duggar’s postpartum transfer for severe bleeding after home birth, one article stands out as the voice of sanity: “Jessa Duggar’s midwife did exactly what [...]

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Cost Analysis Shows Home Birth to Be Safe

A Washington Post article runs under the heading: “Giving birth at home is cheaper than at hospitals, study says, but is it safe?” The study, which is available for free, compared [...]

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American OB Takes Rational Position on Home Birth

Check out Henci’s Science & Sensibility post on Neel Shah’s New England of Journal of Medicine commentary. Shah agreed with recent U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [...]

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