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New Study Says Home Births Can Be Harmful

A strongly worded editorial in the British publication The Lancet cites studies that have found that "home birth can, after all, be harmful to newborn babies."

Some recent research showed that planned home births, when compared with planned hospital births, doubled the risk of neonatal deaths, with breathing difficulties and failed attempts at resuscitation playing major factors.

Paging Dr. Gupta reports:

"... [H]ome births in the United States and European countries are increasing. The editorial continues to say that hospital delivery should be the preferred method of delivery for high-risk pregnancies".

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