NICE recommends women should choose where to give birth

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:657
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Women should choose where to give birth after discussing the risks and benefits with their midwife or doctor, recommends draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

    The latest version of draft guidance on care during labour being developed by NICE, which advises on treatments in the NHS, says that women should be offered the choice of planning to give birth at home, in units run by midwives (birthing centres or birth units), or in hospital wards run by consultant doctors.

    Women should choose where they give birth, after being given the opportunity to discuss the risks and benefits of all settings with their midwife or doctor. They …

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