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The largest study of homebirths attended by Certified Professional Midwives, as published in the British Medical Journal, has found that homebirth is safe for low risk women and involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals.
Safe and healthy outcomes
Results of this study are consistent with most studies of planned homebirths attended by Certified Professional Midwives and low risk hospital births.
Low rates of medical intervention
Much lower rates of interventions for intended homebirths compared to low risk hospital births.
* These numbers differ from the BMJ article where data for CPM's included forms of induction and stimulation only used by midwives and not comparable to hospital births.
Only 1.7% of the mothers who had a homebirth said they would choose a different type of caregiver for a future pregnancy.
Few transfers to hospital care
Outcomes of planned home birth with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America.”Kenneth C Johnson and Betty-Anne Daviss. BMJ 2005;330;1416 (18 June). This article and related letters to the editor are available online, free, at www.bmj.com.
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