Pregnant women with low-risk pregnancies have no major risk factors, such as stillbirth, neonatal death or serious injury to the baby, when it comes to giving to birth at home or in hospital as planned.
The Royal College of Midwives states that midwives should be “cautious” of this research, because of the difference between maternity services in the UK and Canada.
Commenting on the study, Director for Midwifery at the RCM, Louise Silverton said: “This is very interesting research, though we must be cautious about its relevance given the difference between maternity services in Canada and the UK.”
In Canada, two-thirds of pregnant women who planned a home birth did so, as well as 97% of women who planned a hospital birth.
In the research notes, it was suggested that home births are were tied to fewer interventions, including caesarean section.
“There is a growing amount of evidence, as this research also suggests, about the reduction in medical interventions such as caesarean sections, amongst women who have a home or midwife-led birth. This is also something we would encourage women to think about when they are planning their place of birth.
“The key is to ensure that women are able to make a choice about where they give birth and that they make that choice based on the best and most up-to-date evidence,” Louise Silverton added.
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