Home birth in North America.

Author:Daviss, Johnson K.
Position:News from ICM and partners worldwide - Brief Article
 
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Canadian midwife Betty Anne Daviss and epidemiologist Kenneth Johnson have presented the results of their large, prospective study of planned home births in North America. The progress was tracked of 5418 women who planned to be delivered at home and were supported by certified professional midwives. Data were obtained from almost 400 midwives from across the continent.

The researchers conclude that, although midwives involved with home births are not well integrated into the healthcare system in the USA, the planned home births in the study had similar rates of intrapartum and neonatal mortality to...

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