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    Is Home Birth Really As Safe As Hospital Birth? "Woman-centred Care" vs "Baby-centred Care"

    [This is an elaborated version of a blog on May 13, 2014: http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2014/05/is-home-birth-really-as-safe- as-hospital-birth-woman-centred-care-vs-baby-centred-care/#more-8493] Imagine that you and your partner are having a baby in hospital. Tragically something goes wrong unexpectedly during birth and the baby is born blue. He urgently needs resuscitation if there is to be a chance of preventing...

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    Homebirth and the future child: factual inaccuracies in commentary on the Birthplace study
    • Jennifer Hollowell, Birthplace lead researcher
    • Other Contributors:
      • Professor Peter Brocklehurst, Birthplace Chief Investigator

    In their article 'Homebirth and the future child', Dr De Crespigny and Professor Savulescu acknowledge that they "lack sufficient evidence" to establish definitively that homebirth is less safe, yet they conclude that "couples should be clearly informed of the excess risks of future child disability" associated with home birth.[1]

    We believe that women should be given information about the potential risks and be...

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    None declared.
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    Response to: Homebirth and the Future Child de Crespigny L, Savulescu J. J Med Ethics. 2014 Jan 22.

    "Through most of human history, around 1% of mothers have died while giving birth" concludes Homebirth and the Future Child. The citation for this statement makes no reference to maternal mortality through most of human history. Still the statement itself raises the interesting question: How many women died while giving birth through most of human history? The Talmudic scholars state less than 1 per 1000. They may...

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    None declared.

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