An analysis found that babies born at home were at greater risk for neonatal seizure and low Apgar scores at five minutes after birth. With the presence of a certified midwife, however, babies born at home did as well as in hospitals. Home births' overall association with increased risks may be attributed to a lack of monitoring, researcher Dr. Yvonne Cheng said. The study was presented at a Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting.
Midwives lower health risks associated with home birth
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