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Ir Med J. 2000 Oct;93(7):207-8.

Attitude to home birth in an antenatal population at the Rotunda Hospital.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.


195 Women attending the antenatal clinics at the hospital were interviewed, about their attitudes to home birth using a standardised questionnaire. One hundred and seventy one women (88%) said that they would not favour a home birth in a subsequent delivery, 19 (9.5%) said that they would consider a home birth in a subsequent pregnancy and the remaining 5 (2.5%) were unsure. Although the majority of women attending the Rotunda Hospital would not consider a home birth, approximately 10% of the sample population would consider this in their next pregnancy. This pilot study indicates that there may be a demand for home birth in patients attending our hospital and further evaluation of this need is warranted.

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