between planned home and planned hospital birth. A new study "Perinatal mortatlity and morbidity in a nationwide cohort of 529 688 low-risk planned home and hospital births"1 (yes that was 529,688 women, the authors believe this to be the largest study on the safety of home birth) showed no significant differences between planned home and planned hospital births. Interestingly enough the study was undertaken due to lack of data proving the safety of home birth. Now that we have a good bit of research on the safety of home birth, I think it is time to get busy on some studies proving the safety of hospital birth, no?
Here is an article on the story to pass along to your friends: BBC NEWS Home births 'as safe as hospital.'
1A de Jonge,BY van der Goes,ACJ Ravelli,MP Amelink-Verburg,BW Mol,JG Nijhuis,J Bennebroek Gravenhorst,a SE Buitendijka, Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity in a Nationwide Cohort of 529,688 low-risk planned home and hospital births. Published Online 15 April 2009. Accessed April 16, 2009.