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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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Doctors Discover Miracle Treatment for Ineffective Contractions: Physiologic Care

Italian obstetricians report that replacing standard management of slow labor with a physiologic approach greatly reduced cesarean deliveries and the use of other medical interventions in [...]

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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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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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Global Maternal & Child Health Organizations Publish Guidelines for Mother-Baby Friendly Birth Facilities

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), International Pediatric Association (IPA), and World [...]

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