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tr_ wrote: It wouldn't surprise me if the difference between the de Jong study and these others reflected a real difference in the safety of homebirth when it is a widespread option that is attended by a well-qualified practitioner and supported by the infrastructure, vs. a vigilante activity.
I suspect this is exactly right and is why I'd chose homebirth for myself if it weren't such a financial disaster. (Thanks, Blue Cross.) I think I'd have no problem creating a "Dutch" homebirth ... experienced midwife, on-board OB back-up, in a strong position to advocate for myself.