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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

GNM 100103 Australian home birth study

Posted by: "Susan Hodges"

Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:30 am (PST)

Grassroots Network Message 100103
Australian home birth study
Dear Friends,
A new home birth study based on data from South Australia has
just been published. Of course, an editorial on the topic in the
same issue of the journal, penned by the President of the
Australian Medical Association (“which is opposed to home
birth in Australia”) helped to “spin” the findings to
show that home birth is much more dangerous than hospital birth,
even though the actual data show no such thing.
You can read the whole article at <
: “Planned home and hospital births in South
Australia, 1991-2006: differences in outcomes” (Robyn
Kennare, Marc Keirse, Graeme Tucker and Annabelle Chan, MJA
192(2), 18 January 2009).
You can also find some great analysis of what the study actually
tells us. If you are interested in reading research critically
and understanding how data and results can be twisted (on purpose
or by not thinking about what they mean), these analyses are
worth your time:
“That Homebirth Study in South Australia”
by Lauredhel on January 16, 2010\

“More critique of the homebirth study and its reporting by
the media"
January 20, 2010 – 7:58 pm, by Croakey\

You can be sure that US medical organizations, especially ACOG,
are well aware of this study, and the chances are we’ll see
and hear references to it in the weeks and months ahead; we can
be prepared!
Susan Hodges, “gatekeeper”

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