Statistics

SHE Magazine

reported a study published in the

British Medical Journal

It found that for low-risk women, homebirth was as safe as hospital birth. Apparently, the BMJ gave homebirth a very positive write up. This is important, as the BMJ is one of the leading journals for doctors in the UK and can be an opinion former. The study found that OVERALL the perinatal death rate for babies born at home was 4 times that of hospital births, BUT that was because most of the home births were in emergency circumstances or to women who were denying their pregnancies. PLANNED homebirths with competent supervision, on the other hand, were found to have equivalent statistics to hospital births in a similar population.