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To give birth at home safer?

Women who choose to give birth at home will have fewer complications than those who have given birth in a hospital. This was reported by Dutch scientists.

The Netherlands is by far the most advanced country in terms of home birth. Usually they are only a midwife, who is always ready to assist in case of need. Scientists decided to check whether there is a relationship between the place where the birth took place and the undesirable consequences of the birth itself.

Under the complications, scientists understood hospitalization in the intensive care unit, major bleeding, uterine rupture, severe blood loss after childbirth, and manual removal of the placenta.

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Researchers analyzed national maternal morbidity statistics, as well as the birth register for 2004–2006. It turned out that out of 146 thousand cases with the lowest possible risk of complications, 63% of women gave birth at home. Among women who gave birth for the first time at home, serious consequences amounted to 2.3 per 1,000. In the case of women who gave birth at the maternity hospital, this figure slightly increased - 3.1 per 1,000.

For women who gave birth to not the first child, the figures were slightly different: 1 in 1000 at home compared to 2.3 in 1000 in the hospital.

Despite the positive statistics in favor of home birth, experts emphasize that such a conclusion can be made only in some countries where midwives are prepared for home birth, and there is the possibility of prompt medical care.

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