A new study out of Canada reveals that planned home birth, when attended by a registered midwife, is a safe option to hospital birthing, according to Reuters.
The study, completed by colleagues from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, evaluated over 2,000 homebirths that occured from 2000 - 2004 in British Columbia. The results were compared with statistics of hospital births.
The findings? Infant death rates did not differ between a planned home birth (where a registered midwife was present) or a hospital birth.
According to the report, the death rate per 1000 births was .35 for a planned home birth, .57 for a planned hospital birth where a midwife was in attendance, and .67 for a hospital birth where a physician was present.
Women who had planned home births also had less occurances of significant tearing around the birth canal, assisted vaginal delivery and bleeding following delivery.
Learn more about the home birthing study here.