Home births more risky than hospital deliveries

Home births more risky than hospital deliveries

Babies born at home are more likely to lack pulse after five minutes

By Nathan Seppa, 12:30 PM September 29, 2013

The risks attached to giving birth in the home, even with a midwife present, are greater than in the hospital, an analysis of U.S. birth records suggests. Babies born at home are 10 times more likely to lack a pulse and be unresponsive when they are five minutes old.

Despite the increase, the overall risk of such a dire condition was low regardless of birth location, researchers report in the October American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Of every 1,000 babies born at home with a midwi...

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