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U.S. Home Birth Transports: The Numbers

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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

Author: oakgrovemidwife

Licensed midwife actively practicing since 1992, serving the Green Bay, Wisconsin and northeastern Wisconsin region. Specializing in home birth. Studied at University of Wisconsin Green Bay, earning BA in 1993. Listening actively, hearing and responding appropriately are foremost priorities; communication and understanding is built or broken by the level of mindfulness in conversations.

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