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Home birth 'carries higher risk' for first-time mothers

A home birth carries a higher risk for the babies of first-time mothers, according to a landmark study published in the British Medical Journal.

However, the chance of harm to the baby is still under 1%, the study of almost 65,000 births in England found.

For a second birth there was no difference in the risk to babies between home, a midwife-led unit or a doctor-led hospital unit.

Branwen Jeffreys reports.

  • 25 Nov 2011
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