Controversy Surrounding Home Birth and Infant Mortality Rates [UPDATED]

From Clued Up Dads Blog, “Home Birth Humble Pie.” One expectant father’s apology on his hard stance against home birth after the outcry that followed.  I mean, seriously.  He called people who have home births “selfish.”  He was sorta asking for it.

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From Salon’s Broadsheet,

The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has delivered quite the home birth controversy. A meta-analysis published this month in the journal found that mothers who went with a planned home birth experienced fewer medical interventions, infections, lacerations, hemorrhages and other nasty consequences omitted from “The Miracle of Birth.” Ah, but — there’s always a but! — one other finding stood out: “Less medical intervention during planned home birth is associated with a tripling of the neonatal mortality rate.” […]

The American College of Nurse-Midwives is none-too-pleased with the AJOG and The Lancet, and has pointed out the weaknesses of the meta-analysis — most notably, “only three [of the studies considered] clearly distinguish between planned and unplanned home births,” which could clearly skew the results.

But in the end, it comes down to this:

In the right circumstances and with the right midwife, home birth is an utterly reasonable option. But that sort of sensible, measured message can hardly compete for attention with exhortations like, “Women do not have the right to put their baby at risk!”

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