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Meta-Analysis on the Safety of Home Birth

Monday, 16 August 2010 20:22

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has recently published a meta-analysis of the safety of home births, reporting a 3-fold increase in neonatal mortality in planned home births compared with planned hospital births. Critics believe the study to be deeply flawed. Read Amy Romano’s preliminary notes here: http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=1316

Midwifery Today, the leading international midwifery publication has posted a rebuttal to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology report here: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/ajog_response.asp

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Service (CIMS) finds the study to be poorly designed and methodologically unsound. Read their complete response to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study here: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs078/1102083584231/archive/1103553258617.html

This article offers a brief overview of the meta-analysis study and of its findings that fewer medical interventions is associated with this increased mortality rate.  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/724563?src=mpnews&spon=9&uac=64975HK