What’s an Ethical Response to Home Birth?
By Paul Burcher, MD, PhD
“I believe we have an ethical obligation at a minimum to accept transports from home with the respect and professional dialogue we afford our colleagues.”
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An observational study from The Netherlands that evaluated more than 500,000 births in homes and in hospitals showed no increase in adverse outcomes of any kind with home birth in low-risk women. So home birth, in ideal conditions where midwives and physicians work together as a team and where transport to hospitals in an emergency is highly efficient, appears as safe as hospital birth. Put another way, the data suggest that if home birth in America is more dangerous than hospital birth, it may be because of contingent factors that can be remedied. See the entire article HERE.