Midwives Make Home Births Safer for Babies

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Babies born at home are at increased risk for health problems immediately after birth compared with babies born in hospitals ... However, a midwife may make a difference in the health of babies born at home ...

... babies born at home were more likely to have a neonatal seizure and low Apgar scores at five minutes after birth ... But when a ... midwife was present, it seems babies born at home may fare as well as those born in hospitals ...

... Home births are known to be associated with fewer obstetric interventions ...

... findings are based on an analysis of more than 2 million births in the United States in 2008. Of these, 12,433 (or 0.54 percent) were home births ...

It is helpful to have studies that can demonstrate the value of midwifery care in a home birth. Homebirth often gets a back rap in the media, however often the media confuses unattended homebirths with midwife-attended homebirth.

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