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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.

Birthplace study of outcomes in 'higher risk' women

National guidance on intrapartum care in England and Wales recommends that women at ‘higher risk’ of complications during labour and birth should be advised to plan birth in an obstetric unit, but a small proportion of women opt for birth elsewhere, particularly at home. A new paper by the Birthplace team compares outcomes in  ‘higher risk’ women planning birth at home and in an obstetric unit. Their analysis shows a higher risk of neonatal unit admission in planned obstetric unit births, but because the study was relatively small, uncertainty remains about whether home birth in women with known risk factors for complications increases the risk of uncommon but serious poor outcomes for the baby. Read the full paper

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