Women at lower risk during home birth

Washington, June 14 (ANI): Planned home births are less risky than hospital births, particularly for women who have previously given birth, a new study has revealed.

A team of Dutch researchers decided to test whether low risk women at the onset of labour with planned home birth have a higher rate of rare but severe outcomes than those with planned hospital births.

Using data from a national study into maternal morbidity and national birth registry data from 1 August 2004 to 1 August 2006, the researchers identified over 146,000 low risk women in primary care at the onset of labour.

Of the 146,752 women included in the study, 63 percent had a planned home birth and 37 percent a planned hospital birth.

For women having their first baby, the rate of severe outcomes for a planned home birth was 2.3 per 1000 compared with 3.1 per 1000 for a planned hospital birth.

The rate of postpartum haemorrhage was 43.1 per 1000 for a planned home compared with 43.3 per 1000 for a planned hospital birth.

For women who had previously given birth, the rate of severe outcomes for a planned home birth was 1 per 1000 compared with 2.3 per 1000 for a planned hospital birth.

The rate of postpartum haemorrhage was 19.6 per 1000 for a planned home compared with 37.6 per 1000 for a planned hospital birth.

The study found that adverse outcomes were less common among planned home births than among planned hospital births but differences were only statistically significant for women who had previously given birth. (ANI)

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