To home birth or not to home birth? ⠀⠀

I know the idea is probably in the back of your minds for a lot of you, especially as we continue to be in lockdown. I wanted to share the most recent results from The Lancet following a study of around 500,000 home births in countries where home births are well supported, looking at the outcomes from a woman’s perspective. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Here are the results:

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✨ 40% less likely to need a C-Section

✨ 40% less likely to have a 3rd or 4th degree tear

✨ 50% less likely to have an instrumental birth

✨ 55% less likely to have an episiotomy

✨ 60% less likely to have their labour sped up by an oxytocin drip

✨ 70% less likely to have an epidural

✨ 75% less likely to have an infection

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*For women with low risk pregnancies compared to women giving birth in a hospital, Lancet 2020

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This beautiful image was captured by 📸@joycegoldonia London based photographer.



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