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Old 02-05-2014, 12:56 PM   #21
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Re: Homebirth increases adverse outcomes and death

I was discussing this with a friend and she is of the opinion that we cannot compare hospital with home births because of the lack of regulations across the board. I don't understand this reasoning and we both had screaming kids so we had to get off the phone and I couldn't ask her yet

Isn't that WHY we should be comparing them? We can't just throw out numbers because we don't like them. If the choice is there to birth at home with a little-educated midwife who chooses to pray and not carry meds, that's a choice that needs to be included. The point is to compare all births. Lack of education and experience at a birth and whatever happens at the end need to be included because that experience happens, and thus needs to be included in the reporting. Don't we have to compare what happens in reality?
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