Home Birth Safety & Research

Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature
May 2011- Annotated bibliography provides citations and critical appraisal of original studies on home birth.
Safety of Alternative approaches to Childbirth
Summary of Critical Points by Peter F. Schlenzka Doctoral thesis comparing safety and costs of natural, out-of-hospital birth with in-hospital obstetric births. He finds out-of-hospital births to be slightly safer and significantly superior in terms of economic costs ($13 billion annually) and social costs (reduced incidence of birth trauma and bonding disorders).

Outcomes of intended home births in nurse-midwifery practice: a prospective descriptive study
Conclusion: Home birth can be accomplished with good outcomes under the care of qualified practitioners and within a system that facilitates transfer to hospital care when necessary.
Planned Home Birth is Safe for Most Mothers and Babies
Healthy women with qualified care providers, usually midwives, can have safe home births.

The Safety of Home Birth
Home birth can be a safe option for 90% of mothers, with appropriate prenatal care and attendant personnel.

The British Medical Journal has an easy search engine to look for quality research articles on homebirth
Outcomes given less prominence were no significant differences in perinatal mortality, and in neonatal deaths with planned home births attended by certified midwives. Mothers planning a home birth were significantly less likely to have a preterm or low birthweight baby.
Home versus hospital deliveries: follow up study of matched pairs for procedures and outcome
Objective - To assess procedures and outcomes in deliveries planned at home versus those planned in hospital among women choosing the place of delivery.
Home Birth Safety
Safe in selected women, and with adequate infrastructure and support