Education And Debate

Such a trial should not limit the choices of women who already have a preference

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:756
  1. Mary Newburn, head of policy researcha,
  2. Rosemary Dodds, policy research officera
  1. a National Childbirth Trust, Alexandra House, London W3 6NH

    The crucial question is: What would be the purpose of a randomised controlled study of home versus hospital birth? It could be argued that more information about the outcomes associated with home birth would increase the opportunity for women to make informed choices about their care. However, the questions that women and their partners have about home birth centre on issues of safety and how to arrange a home birth in the face of opposition. While they would be interested to hear about breast feeding and psychological outcomes, those who are doubtful are concerned about the risks and those who are keen to have a home birth …

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