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NEED HELP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm being asked for information and statistics comparing home birth mortality rates to low-risk hospital mortality rates. Apparently comparing hospital vs home birth is "skewed" because it doesn't take into account the high-risk births that occur at hospitals... Anyone know where I could start on this?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">NEED HELP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm being asked for information and statistics comparing home birth mortality rates to low-risk hospital mortality rates. Apparently comparing hospital vs home birth is "skewed" because it doesn't take into account the high-risk births that occur at hospitals... Anyone know where I could start on this?</div>
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Hmm it's definitely out there, specifically looking at low-risk moms only. I think I saw a link on makingthingsup.com, if you searched it for homebirth you might find it... I'll be back with a specific link if I can track it down...<br><br>
ETA found it, it's <a href="http://www.makingthingsup.com/2010/04/is-homebirth-safe/" target="_blank">http://www.makingthingsup.com/2010/04/is-homebirth-safe/</a> and she has links to a recent study and more...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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A recent study conducted in Canada, for example, investigated the safety of home birth. [Read more about the study at Science & Sensibility, or in USA Today. Read the study in its entirety here.]</td>
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Yeah, of course. I haven't seen any real safety study that didn't compare similar populations of low-risk mothers.<br>
Two big recent studies are the Canadian study that was just mentioned, and also <a href="http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416" target="_blank">Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America</a> .
 

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here's the info i have used with family and friends--some are actual studies, others are articles. good luck!!<br><br>
this is a study published by the british medical journal: <a href="http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416?ehom_" target="_blank">http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416?ehom_</a><br><br>
this is another study done in canada: <a href="http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/181/6-7/377" target="_blank">http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/181/6-7/377</a><br><br>
netherlands study: <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7998417.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7998417.stm</a><br><br>
commentaries on the canadian study: <a href="http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/181/6-7/359" target="_blank">http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/181/6-7/359</a> and <a href="http://www.mothering.com/canadian-homebirth-study" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/canadian-homebirth-study</a><br><br>
this is a pro-homebirth article: <a href="http://parenting.ivillage.com/pregnancy/plabor/0,,6rl1,00.html" target="_blank">http://parenting.ivillage.com/pregna...,,6rl1,00.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.babble.com/winning-homebirth-debate/" target="_blank">http://www.babble.com/winning-homebirth-debate/</a>
 

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<span>not sure if this is quite what you wanted but a good little read non the less<br><a href="http://madeinwater.co.uk/homebirth.html" target="_blank">http://madeinwater.co.uk/homebirth.html</a><br>
also <a href="http://www.midwiferytoday.com/default.asp" target="_blank">this</a> not had a proper look at the 2nd one but it seems to have a lot of home birth related articles there is also<br><a href="http://www.homebirth.org.uk" target="_blank">http://www.homebirth.org.uk</a></span>
 

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I've read through the Canadian one quite thoroughly and it made me squee with excitement. My husband, who just fnished his paramedic schooling, which kind of got him leaning medicalized, even sat there with this look of surprise on his face, and was like "well... ok then!"
 

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You're probably familiar with the BMJ study, but the other two are excellent and provide data that compares low risk women planning home birth and similar low risk women planning a hospital birth.<br>
Hope this helps!<br>
Peace,<br>
Laura Cochran, CPM<br><br>
These are the full text versions of each study:<br><a href="http://sunrisemidwife.com/CMAJ_CanadianHomeBirthStudy2009.pdf" target="_blank">http://sunrisemidwife.com/CMAJ_Canad...hStudy2009.pdf</a><br><a href="http://sunrisemidwife.com/BJOG_DutchHomeBirthStudy2009.pdf" target="_blank">http://sunrisemidwife.com/BJOG_Dutch...hStudy2009.pdf</a><br><a href="http://sunrisemidwife.com/BMJ_CPM2000.pdf" target="_blank">http://sunrisemidwife.com/BMJ_CPM2000.pdf</a>
 
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