Editor’s ChoiceBMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2373 (Published 04 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2373
An assertion that occurred in a News article by Tony Sheldon (10.1136/bmj.39472.657384.DB) in our 2 February issue and subsequently turned out to be wrong was picked up and repeated in the accompanying Editor’s Choice by Tony Delamothe that week (BMJ 2008;336, doi:10.1136/bmj.39476.584005.47). In his opening paragraph he said that “half the women who choose home births [in the Netherlands] are transferred to hospital during labour because of unexpected problems.” In fact the half refers to women who have not given birth before and who then choose a home birth. In the original research on which this assertion is based, 51% of women who had not given birth before and who were supposed to give birth at home were referred during labour because of complications; the corresponding referral figure for women who had given birth before was 17%.
Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2373