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New 2019 Homebirth Research


New analysis of the 2019 systematic review published in the Lancet looking at half a MILLION intended home births, in countries with well intergrated home birth systems such as the UK found that women (with uncomplicated pregnancies) who intended to give birth at home were: 🏥>40% less likely to have a caesarean section. 👌>50% less likely to have an instrumental vaginal birth. 💉70% less likely to have an epidural. 💪55% less likely to have an episiotomy. ❤️>40% less likely to have a 3rd or 4th degree tear. 🤚>60% less likely to have their labour sped up with a hormone drip. 🔬>75% less likely for mums to pick up an infection after birth. 🔴>30% less likely to experience a postpartum haemorrhage. (when compared to women with uncomplicated pregnancies who intended to give birth in hospital). A different analysis of the same research review has already shown that outcomes at home were as safe as outcomes in hospital (2019).



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