CountryMidwife.com

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“Of the 5418 women, 655 (12.1%) were transferred to hospital intrapartum or postpartum…

Five out of every six women transferred were transferred before delivery, half (51.2%) for failure to progress, pain relief or exhaustion. 

After delivery, 1.3% of mothers and 0.7% of newborns were transferred to hospital, most commonly for maternal haemorrhage (0.6% of total births), retained placenta (0.5%), or respiratory problems in the newborn (0.6%).

The midwife considered the transfer urgent in 3.4% of intended home births. 

Transfers were four times as common among primiparous women (25.1%) as among multiparous women (6.3%) but urgent transfers were only twice as common among primiparous women (5.1%) as among multiparous women (2.6%).”

 

Johnson and Daviss 2005, p. 1417