A fascinating British study just came out that is one of the most comprehensive homebirth studies yet to date. 64,538 women with no known risk factors were studied and their outcomes were recorded according to birth place. First time moms had about double the chance of stillbirth when having their babies at home as compared to the hospital. Multiparas, however, had similar if not better outcomes at home. Here's the link to the abstract: http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7400
So, what do you think? If low risk first-time moms with well-educated midwives (working with the NHS) have double the chance of stillbirth at home, would women with any risk factors have a higher risk of bad outcomes? Also, does this demonstrate an enormous difference between an unproven pelvis and a proven one? Why the big difference?
I'd love to hear some other women's thoughts on this study, as I'm considering a homebirth for a (not yet conceived) second child. I like the results of this study for my case, but worry about what it says about nulliparas (or high risk women) having homebirths. Thoughts?