Results of a new study demonstrate that pregnant women who decide to give birth at home are at an increased rate of newborn deaths.
It discovered that mothers recover faster from home births than going to the hospital, but babies born at home are twice as likely to die in child birth compared to those born in a hospital.
Researchers analyzed data from 342,056 planned home births and 207,511 planned hospital deliveries and compared medical outcomes.
However, the study does indicate that women who had home births were less likely to require medical intervention. They also had a lower rate of premature births and a lower rate of low birth weight babies.
Women who do go to the hospital to give birth are generally less likely to run into problems during delivery because all of the hospital resources can be used if necessary, many of which are not an option for home births.
The study has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.