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JPE 25.2: Dueling Statistics: Is Out-of- Hospital Birth Safe?

JPE 25.2: Dueling Statistics: Is Out-of- Hospital Birth Safe?

JPE 25.2: Dueling Statistics: Is Out-of- Hospital Birth Safe?

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Launch date: 14 Dec 2016
Expiry Date: 01 Jan 2020

Last updated: 31 Aug 2019

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In this article, two recent studies comparing out-of-hospital birth and hospital birth are discussed. The author critiques the studies highlighting the possible reasons for differences in the findings related to home birth. In addition, the findings of both studies add to the body of knowledge that suggests there are risks associated with hospital birth.

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Identify the main purpose and findings in the Snowden et al and Hutton et al studies.
I. Study purpose and findings summary
Summarize factors associated with birth outcomes
II. Critique and comparison of recent studies on the safety of out-of-hospital birth
A. Data collection limitations
B. Birth attendant qualifications and health system integration
C. Hospital VBAC policies
Describe the risks associated with hospital birth when compared to planned out-of-hospital birth
III. Risks associated with planned hospital birth
A. Summary of research findings regarding hospital birth risks
Identify areas for improvement in health care systems to promote healthy birth
III. System improvements
A. Qualifications
B. Collaboration between providers
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HENCI GOER, BA, an award-winning medical writer and internationally known speaker, is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Her first book, Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, was given Lamaze International President’s Award in recognition of its value as a resource for childbirth educators. Its successor, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach, won the American College of Nurse-Midwives “Best Book of the Year” award. Goer has also written The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, unique in that it gives pregnant women access to the research evidence. Goer has written consumer education pamphlets and numerous articles for trade, consumer, and academic periodicals as well. Goer’s latest project is, a website that will sell narrated slide presentations at modest cost to help pregnant women make informed decisions about care.

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