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Far More Complications for Home Births Than Hospital Births, Study Finds

New research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that giving birth in a hospital is far safer for mother and infant than giving birth at home or at a birthing center, The New York Times’ Well blog reports. Researchers analyzed CDC data on almost 14 million births between 2006 and 2009 for early death (within 7 days of birth) or neonatal death (within 28 days of birth). “Over all, babies delivered by midwives at home had nearly four times the risk for death compared with those delivered by hospital-based midwives.” Furthermore, researchers are almost certain that these numbers are underestimates “because infants with complications are often transferred to hospitals, and the CDC counts any subsequent death as a hospital outcome.”

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.