The Home Birth debate

April 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

By Sophie Byrne

In Britain only 2.7% of birth take place at home (and many of these will be babies born unexpectedly, before their due dates). The debate as to the pros and cons of home birth is divisive, and a very personal one. As such, the arguements for and against can be messy. So, the Economist article, ‘Is there no place like home’, which I’ve just read, is refreshingly objective. I like especially like this straightforward and unbiased sentence:

“Two kinds of risk are at issue. Giving birth at home may be safe most of the time, but when things do go wrong, they are more serious. In hospital more things go wrong because intervention is more common, but the complications are less likely to be lethal or to cause permanent damage.” 

To read the full article see here.

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Entry filed under: Health, Research, Uncategorized.

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