CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Hospital Birth or Home Birth – Which Is Safer? A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine used a new form for birth certificates in Oregon to look at outcomes for mothers and babies based on where the mothers planned to give birth – in the hospital or outside of a hospital at either a birth center or at home. In this segment, Michal Klau-Stevens, from TheBirthLady.com, discusses these findings and what they mean for you if you are planning to have a baby.
The results add to a growing body of literature on birth outcomes, and are shining a light on the safety differences as more women choose to give birth outside of hospitals.
It turns out that, at least in Oregon, there are issues to consider no matter where a woman has her baby. The study offers insight to the types of risks that are of concern in each location, and the benefits too.
The information from this study can help women make better choices about where to give birth based on their health and personal needs. It also shows where there is room for improvement in the maternity care system, by better integrating midwives into healthcare systems, and reducing the overuse of interventions in hospitals.