UPI has published an article on the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) data analysis, “Perspectives on risk: Assessment of risk profiles and outcomes among women planning community birth in the United States.” As you can tell by the title, the study evaluates the effects of various maternal factors on outcomes among women planning birth at home […]
The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) has published a revised and updated Committee Opinion on “Planned Home Birth.” If you read the media reports on it, you would think the new Opinion is “same-old, same-old,” but there are some extraordinary differences. Let’s do a “compare & contrast” between the 2011 and 2016 versions […]
Amy Tuteur has managed to score a commentary in the Washington Post entitled “How the natural birth industry sets mothers up for guilt and shame.” You would think that the inflammatory rhetoric would have given the Post’s editors a clue that they should get their fact checkers on the case. If they had, they would […]
Science & Sensibility caps its series on out-of-hospital birth with an interview with Jonathan Snowden, PhD. Dr. Snowden is the lead author of an analysis of out-of-hospital birth in Oregon that was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In case you missed them, the other posts are referenced in the interview’s introduction.
Popping up all over the internet this past week were the results of a New England Journal of Medicine study of Oregon State statistics finding that planned out-of-hospital birth slightly increases risk of perinatal death but greatly reduces likelihood of cesarean in comparable women. Henci has a Science & Sensibility commentary on this study, putting […]