Arguments On Safety, Risks Of Home Births

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... The percentage of home births dropped dramatically in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century. Currently, less than 1% of births in the U.S. take place at home, compared with nearly 30% in the Netherlands.

Canadian and Dutch studies have found that home births attended by qualified midwives appear to be as safe as hospital births for low-risk women. However, many groups still oppose the practice because of safety concerns ...

Erin Tracy, an ob-gyn at Massachusetts General Hospital and ACOG's delegate to AMA, said that the studies in Canada and the Netherlands were not large enough to adequately assess potential problems during home births.

What?!?! How large do the studies have to be? The Dutch stidy had over 500,000 women in it!

... Alice Bailes, a certified nurse-midwife, said that those in her profession have "wonderful relationships with hospital-based practices," including ob-gyns and midwife practices. She added, "These relationships ... are important for peace of mind for us and our clients and for safety." Bailes said women rarely need to be transferred from home to the hospital -- about one in nine end up being moved -- because nurse-midwives refer higher-risk patients to hospital-based practices before they go into labor ...

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