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How safe are home births?

BBC Radio 4 - More or Less have interviewed Rachel Rowe (Senior Health Services Researcher) about the statistics around the risks and benfits of home birth.  The discussion centres mainly around the Birthplace Cohort Study which was was coordinated from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and will be aired on Friday 01 June 2018 at 16:30. We hope that you will tune in to listen.

New Birthplace follow-on study report published

A new Birthplace report based on further analysis of the Birthplace cohort study data has been published and is available to download from the NIHR Journals Library website. This new study covers:

  • Variations in intervention and transfer rates between units
  • Whether interventions and transfer rates vary by maternal ethnicity, socioeconomic disadvantage (area deprivation) or age
  • Time of day and day of week variations in interventions and maternal outcomes
  • Outcomes in ‘higher risk’ women planning birth at home or in midwifery units

Download the report.

Report of the Birthplace follow-on study now published

A new Birthplace report based on further analysis of the Birthplace cohort study data has been published and is available to download from the NIHR Journals Library website. This new study covers:

  • Variations in intervention and transfer rates between units
  • Whether interventions and transfer rates vary by maternal ethnicity, socioeconomic disadvantage (area deprivation) or age
  • Time of day and day of week variations in interventions and maternal outcomes
  • Outcomes in ‘higher risk’ women planning birth at home or in midwifery units

Download the report.

Birthplace findings contribute to the US debate on home births

A news article in JAMA discusses the controversies and debates around home birth in the USA.  Evidence from the Birthplace in England study is cited to indicate that home birth can be safe in an integrated healthcare system with well qualified midwives, appropriate transfer protocols and careful screening of women for known risk factors. Read the article.

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