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Home Birth Safety

The following is a presentation of current research and information available on the safety and outcomes of home birth in the United States.


The MANA Study (2014):

“New research published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health examines outcomes for nearly 17,000 women who went in to labor intending to deliver at home between 2004 and 2009 in the United States. The data were collected through the MANA Statistics Project (Cheyney et al., 2014; and the companion piece, also Cheyney et al., 2014); it is the largest study of planned, midwife-led home births in the U.S. to date.”

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Safety in Childbirth: What Does This Mean? What is Safe Enough? (2009):

“If a woman does not have any serious health problems, what does she need to know and consider regarding what is “safe” for childbirth?”

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Out of Hospital Midwifery Care: Much Lower Rates of Cesarean Section For Low-Risk Women (2006):

“Studies with Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Professional Midwives have found that intended home and birth center births for low-risk women have significantly lower cesarean rates than do comparable low-risk women in hospitals with equally low infant mortality.”

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Outcomes of Planned Home Birth with Certified Professional Midwives (2005):

“Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States.”

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