Are Home Births Linked to Higher Rate of Newborn Deaths?

Who assists home births?

View in PDFBirths taking place at home rose nearly 30% between 2004 and 2009, and an estimated 90% of these are planned. A breakdown of who helps women give birth at home:

42.9%: Certified professional, direct-entry or other midwives

32.9%: Relatives, emergency medical technicians, other

19.5%: Certified nurse midwives

4.8%: Physicians

Source: “NCHS Data Brief No. 84: Home Births in the United States, 1990-2009,” January (link)

Term neonatal deaths resulting from home births: an increasing trend

Neonatal Mortality/ 10,000 Births

Home Births Linked to Higher Rate of Newborn Deaths

Birth setting study signals significant risks in planned home birth

Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009

Infant outcomes of certified nurse midwife attended home births: United States 2000 to 2004