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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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ACOG Endorses Optimal Care—Sort Of

Abstract: Obstetrician-gynecologists . . . can help women meet their goals for labor and birth by using techniques that are associated with minimal interventions and high rates of patient [...]

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Why Are Cesarean Rates Are So High? Perspectives from the Trenches

A study in the most recent issue of Birth provides eye-opening illumination on non-medical reasons for high cesarean rates (Kennedy 2016). Investigators at Yale’s med-school affiliated hospital [...]

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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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Leapfrog 2015 Survey Finds Few U.S. Hospitals Come Up to Snuff on Maternity Care

The Leapfrog Group, which collects data on a voluntary basis from hospitals and compares results with national standards in order to evaluate quality of care, opens its 2015 report on U.S. [...]

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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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