Tag: place of birth

Further confirmation of home birth safety

A systematic review and meta-analysis has further confirmed the safety of home birth for healthy women, even if they are having their first baby. After comparing data from births planned at home birth, in birth centres and in hospital, researchers…

Pondering Domesticity…

My grandmother gave birth to all of her babies at home. There were simply no other options (Lee and Wickham 2000). But by the time her daughters were ready to birth, just a couple of decades later, they were offered…

Mode of birth and feeding matter for bugs!

A group of Swedish researchers have carried out a study (which is freely available online, thank you authors) to find out how babies’ guts are colonized with microbes, and their findings make for fascinating reading. The researchers began from the…

Birth Centres work in Australia too!

The first prospective cohort study comparing freestanding midwifery units with tertiary units in Australia has been published, and shows that the women who planned to give birth at freestanding midwifery units were significantly more likely than women who planned to…