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Letters Home v hospital birth

Recent meta-analysis is misleading

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4699
  1. Betty-Anne Daviss, adjunct professor1,
  2. Kenneth C Johnson, adjunct professor2
  1. 1Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  2. 2Faculty of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1H 8M5
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    Delamothe queries why the authors of an American meta-analysis on planned home and hospital birth shifted focus from perinatal mortality to neonatal mortality “despite having relevant data for these calculations on only 9% of their total sample.”1 2

    The authors found no difference in perinatal mortality between planned home and planned hospital births when they included the Dutch study, …

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