Obstetric care must change if Netherlands is to regain reputation for safe childbirth

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 09 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a706

Some confusion in translation resulted in an error in the full text (online) version of this News article by Tony Sheldon published in February (BMJ 2008;336:239 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39472.657384.DB). In the third paragraph from the end, we wrongly said: “Although women who choose home births are deemed to be at low risk of complications, 51% are referred to hospital during labour because of difficulties in managing pain or a lack of progress with the delivery.” In fact, the 51% 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%.

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