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#61 of 62 Old 03-05-2014, 09:17 AM
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BTW: the CDC study I mentioned is based on birth certificate data.

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On reading the study itself, my main criticism is that it cannot differentiate between the various types of homebirth midwives. The homebirth-with-midwife NNM is more than DOUBLE that of birth center births, which strongly suggests to me that there is a large proportion of lay midwives in the homebirth data--probably because of Amish, Mormon, far-out hippie, and ethnic populations. Comparing birth centers (i.e., generally better trained) attendants against hospital midwives, risk of NNM is doubled, which is consistent with other studies.

The NNM for some hospital birth populations, for example young unmarried black mothers with no prenatal care in Mississippi, is far, far worse than that for homebirths with a midwife. I'm still waiting for the medical community to do something about Mississippi.
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