Ignore the press !

Ignore the irresponsible and scaremongering press around home birth this morning – the media have twisted the findings of the Birthplace study. The presentation of the findings from the researchers has just finished – they found that home birth is slightly safer than hospital birth for second time healthy mums and babies, while some babies of first time mums are slightly more at risk if labour starts at home – but this could be linked to higher transfer rates for first time mums (and we know transfer rates are reduced if you have a known midwife or doula with you). Overall the study concludes that home birth is very safe for all healthy mums and babies – and all women should be given that choice of birthing in the place that is right for them. The media in this country seem to enjoy frightening pregnant women.

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