Current Literature

8. Birth setting for low-risk pregnancies. An analysis of the current literature.

Albers LL, Katz VL (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.)
J Nurse Midwifery 1991 Jul-Aug;36(4):215-20

The authors reviewed literature comparing traditional hospital delivery suites with home birth, free-standing birth centres, and in-hospital birth centres, for women with low-risk pregnancies. They concluded that ‘nontraditional birth settings present advantages for low-risk women as compared with traditional hospital settings: lower costs for maternity care, and lower use of childbirth procedures, without significant differences in perinatal mortality.’ Read the abstract on Medline

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