According to the BBC, a recent study carried out in Holland has found that planned home births are less risky than planned hospital births. The study found the risk of severe complications to be one in 1,000 for home births and 2.3 in 1,000 for hospital births.

The study of nearly 150,000 low-risk women found that the risk of severe blood loss after delivery was nearly twice as much for a planned hospital birth than a planned home birth.

In the Netherlands, home births account for around 20% of all births compared to just 2.4% in the UK.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said the research was proof of the safety and benefits of home birth for some women, particularly those who have given birth before, and showed that they could save the NHS money.

“This research should be encouraging providers and commissioners of maternity services to put more resources into providing women with a real choice of having a home birth, because at present we know many women who would want one often cannot have one because of a lack of midwives.”

“Providing choice of place of birth is at the heart of the government’s agenda so it was disappointing that last year saw a drop in home births.”

She added:

“We should be aiming to see home births at the levels of the 1960s when a third of women had their babies in their homes.”


Are you considering having a home birth? Have you been encouraged or advised against a home birth? Did you have a home birth and if so was it straight forward? Would you recommend a home birth?