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Home birth as safe as in hospital for low risk women, study shows

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1616
  1. Helen MacDonald
  1. 1BMJ

    Home birth is as safe as hospital birth for women at low risk, according to the results of a Dutch cohort study of 529 688 women. But the authors say that a prospective study is needed (British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2009;116:1-8).

    “In our research, we studied more than half a million women in primary care and compared planned home births with planned hospital births,” said the lead researcher Simone Buitendijk, head of the child health programme at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.

    All low risk women, who gave birth between January 2000 and December 2006, were included. Just over 60% planned to give birth at home, 30.8% in hospital, and the rest …

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