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 […]
A study in the most recent issue of Birth provides eye-opening illumination on non-medical reasons for high cesarean rates (Kennedy 2016). Investigators at Yale’s med-school affiliated hospital conducted in-depth interviews eliciting opinions on how the institution could do better at promoting vaginal birth with 79 caregivers (obstetricians, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, anesthetists, midwives, nurses, doulas, and childbirth […]
The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics has published its final birth stats for 2015. Here’s some of the data along with my editorial commentary. Cesarean Rate The cesarean rate fell for the third year in a row to 32.0%, almost 1% less than its 32.9% peak in 2009. Still, while it’s good to see […]
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 […]
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 […]