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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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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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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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