September 22, 2014

Home Birth Safer Than Hospital Birth: Nation-Wide Study Netherlands

pin it button Home Birth Safer Than Hospital Birth: Nation Wide Study Netherlands

home births Home Birth Safer Than Hospital Birth: Nation Wide Study Netherlands

by Heidi Stevenson
Gaia-Health.com

Yet another study, this one consisting of every birth in The Netherlands over two years, demonstrates that home births are safer than hospital births. Women are more than twice as lifely to end up in intensive care if they give birth in a hospital! Nonetheless, birth has been medicalized, resulting in enormous harm to both mothers and babies.

In The Netherlands, the majority of births occur at home, not in hospitals. A study reported in theBMJ found that women whose pregnancies were low-risk suffered far fewer severe negative outcomes from home than hospital births, especially after the first pregnancy.

The study, published 13 June 2013, focused on two serious adverse events: postpartum hemorrhage and manual removal of the placenta, both of which are life-threatening, and also included admission to intensive care, eclampsia, and more than four packed cells in a blood transfusion.

They focused on the birth results of virtually all the women whose pregnancies were classed as low risk from 1 August 2004 to 1 August 2006: a total of146,752. In The Netherlands, the majority of babies are born at home, so there were 92,333 (62.9%) planned home births and 54,419 (37.1%) planned hospital births. The authors concluded:

Low risk women in primary care at the onset of labour with planned home birth had lower rates of severe acute maternal morbidity, postpartum haemorrhage, and manual removal of placenta than those with planned hospital birth. For parous [at least one prior birth] women these differences were statistically significant. Absolute risks were small in both groups. There was no evidence that planned home birth among low risk women leads to an increased risk of severe adverse maternal outcomes in a maternity care system with well trained midwives and a good referral and transportation system.

Here are the overall results:

We can summarize these results like this. In comparison to women who opted for home births, those who opted for hospital births were:

  • 1.8 times more likely to suffer severe morbid events.
  • 2.3 times more likely to end up in intensive care.
  • 2 times more likely to suffer eclampsia.
  • 1.47 times more likely to suffer multiple blood transfusions.
  • 1.37 times more likely to suffer from postpartum hemorrhage.
  • 1.44 times more likely to require manual removal of the placenta.

The results for women who gave birth for the first time were close, but there may have been a slight benefit in home delivery. In no area was it proven safer to plan a home delivery for first babies. Women who were delivering subsequent babies experienced even better results than the above for home deliveries. These women who chose hospital over home deliveries were:

  • 2.3 times more likely to suffer severe morbid events.
  • 2.1 times more likely to suffer multiple blood transfusions.
  • 1.92 times more likely to suffer from postpartum hemorrhage.
  • 2.31 times more likely to require manual removal of the placenta.

Medicalization of Birth

The fact is that modern medicine’s push to medicalize all births has never been based on what’s best for either mother or child. This Netherlands study included all births for a span of two years.  How much more is required to prove that natural is generally better?

One of the Cochrane Collaboration’s celebrated reviews found that birth is less safe in hospitals. Modern medicine’s most routine intervention, early cord clamping, steals a third of a baby’s own blood—and it’s done in nearly every birth. Yet, the push is to move every single birth to a hospital, to destroy this most sacred of experiences and cause an amount of harm that is nearly inconceivable.

Certainly, there’s a place for modern medicine. In rare cases, it can save lives. So, as the authors of this study suggest, as long as there’s a qualified midwife, along with medical backup and transportation to it if needed, both newborns and their mothers are better off by avoiding the intrusions and dehumanization of medicine’s approach to birth.

Read the full article here: http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2013-06-21/xxx-4/

Sources:

Baby designed by God
by Dr. Amanda Hess & Dr. Jeremy Hess

baby designed by god cover Home Birth Safer Than Hospital Birth: Nation Wide Study Netherlands

FREE Shipping Available!

More Info


0 commentsback to post

Other articlesgo to homepage

Study: Oil Pulling and Gum Massage Inhibits Gingivitis and Dental Plaque

Study: Oil Pulling and Gum Massage Inhibits Gingivitis and Dental Plaque

Pin It

While conventional dentistry is pouring chemicals into our mouths, ancient Ayurveda has been preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease with natural oils for thousands of years.

Ayurveda has been recommending oil pulling and gum massage for thousands of years to help prevent gum disease and plaque build up. Yet the chemical industry is convinced their antibacterial mouthwashes and rinses are the answer. The heck with ‘superstitious’ ancient therapies – they say.

However, modern research is now proving the oldest continuous medicine was not wrong about oil pulling or gum massage.

Feds Say Cannabis Is Not Medicine While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine

Feds Say Cannabis Is Not Medicine While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine

Pin It

Ben Swann travels to Colorado to learn the truth about cannabis as medicine and what government isn’t telling you.

Are GMO Foods, Vaccines, and Big Pharma Producing an Infertile Generation?

Are GMO Foods, Vaccines, and Big Pharma Producing an Infertile Generation?

Pin It

The U.S. fertility rates are at all-time record lows. Are we watching the leading edge of a slowly moving tidal wave of infertility? I wasn’t sure what is really happening with human fertility until I took a hard look at the data and the science. I now believe that there is strong reason to be concerned about the emerging trend of infertility. What is causing the current generation of child-bearing aged adults to become infertile?

How the FDA Deceives You About Mercury Amalgams

How the FDA Deceives You About Mercury Amalgams

Pin It

57 Percent of Americans Do Not Know Amalgam Contains Mercury!

Why exactly is the FDA so opposed to informing the public about the true nature of amalgam? The answer is simple: because the agency has been penetrated through the revolving door that’s so common in other industries. Just like Monsanto has penetrated the federal government’s regulatory agencies, amalgam profit centers have penetrated and effectively lobbied the FDA to remain complacent on this issue.

Ebola: WHO Turns To Experimental Drugs, But Not Proven Natural Remedies

Ebola: WHO Turns To Experimental Drugs, But Not Proven Natural Remedies

Pin It

As the world starts looking to invest millions of dollars for ebola drugs, the Catch-22 of drug economics (no one will spend the exorbitant sums needed to run clinical trials if the product can’t be patented and turned into a huge money-maker) practically ensures that natural treatments will be ignored. But could some of our oldest natural antivirals be used at least to inhibit the transfer of the virus—or even cure it?

Silver has also showed great promise as an antiviral, in both attacking the virus and in inhibiting transmission. So far, silver has been tested on HIV and herpes. Silver has also been used to clear HPV warts; inhibit the replication of the hepatitis B virus; kill the H1N1 virus; fight ocular infection; and kill the tacaribe virus, which also causes hemorrhagic fever, as well as the bacteriophage viral strain. Since disinfecting contaminated environments is the most effective method of halting Ebola’s spread, silver could be a most potent weapon in the battle. But we don’t see the WHO getting behind anything natural, whether effective or not.

read more


Get the news right in your inbox!