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Free Content Appendix: Birth Can Safely Take Place at Home and in Birthing Centers

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Although most women in the United States give birth in hospitals, a substantial body of research suggests that planned home birth or birth in freestanding birth centers have equally good or better outcomes for low-risk women. Out-of-hospital birth often facilitates mother-friendly care. Rationales and systematic reviews of both home birth and freestanding birth center birth are presented.

Keywords: birth center; birth center outcomes; birth center transfer; birthing center; home birth; home birth and outcomes; maternal satisfaction; midwifery; midwives; safety and home birth

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2007-12-01

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