Are home births as safe as hospital births ?

‘The largest study of its kind has found that for low-risk women, giving birth at home is as safe as doing so in hospital with a midwife’

The new research is from the Netherlands which has a high rate of home births. The research which was published in the BJOG (British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology) found no difference in death rates of either mothers or babies in 530,000 births.

The safety of home births issue has long been debated both in the UK and abroad.

The new research has been cautiously welcomed by UK obstetricicians but may not be applied universally.

Read more about the new home birth research at BBC online

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