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Maternal complications less likely for home births--for low risk women
Maternal complications less likely for home births--for low risk women (June 14, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From the Netherlands - A new report published in BMJ finds that severe complications are less likely during home births--for certain women. Researchers studied nearly 150,000 women at low risk of complications, 90 of whom had a planned home birth and 50,000 whom had a planned hospital birth. After adjusting for several risk factors, researchers found that for women having their first baby, the rate of severe outcomes for planned home births was 2.3 per 1,000 women, compared to 3.1 per 1000 for a planned hospital birth. For women who had previously given birth, rates of severe outcomes were 1 per 1000 for home births, and 2.3 for hospital births. Adverse outcomes were less common among the home births--but the difference was only statistically significant for women who had already given birth.
 
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