A study from McMaster University suggests that women with low-risk pregnancies are just as safe giving birth at home as they would in hospital.
Eileen Hutton is a researcher at McMaster’s midwifery program, and says the risk of complications during birth was low and differed little between the home and hospital. The study found 75 percent of women who planned to use a midwife were able to give birth at home. Meanwhile, women who delivered in hospital were more likely to have some kind of intervention, such as pain relief or a caesarean birth, when compared to home births. Pregnancy is considered of low risk when the mother-to-be doesn’t have complications linked to gestation.
Would you rather have a hospital birth or use a midwife at home?
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