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Ir Med J. 2003 Jul-Aug;96(7):198-200.

Safety of home delivery compared with hospital delivery in The Eastern Region Health Authority in Ireland in the years 1999-2002.

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Department of Obstetrics, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin.


A comparison was made of deaths from intrapartum hypoxia of normally formed babies > 2.5 kg born at home (N = 346) and those born in hospitals (N = 61,215). If the intended place of birth is home the chance of dying due to intrapartum hypoxia is 1:70 (5 in 346). If the intended place of birth is hospital the chance of dying is 1:3600 (17 in 61,215). Although the sample size of home births is smaller, the difference is significant (< 0.01 level of significance). In view of the small number of home births, the need for ongoing monitoring of home births over a longer period is essential.

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