There Is No Place Like Home: Why Women Are Choosing Home Birth in the Era of "Homelike" Hospitals

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 9 (1):149-165 (2016)
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Abstract

In a recent article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Frank Chervenak et al. argue that home birth is less safe than hospital birth, and that physicians have a dual duty to avoid any collaboration with home birth midwives and to make hospital birth more psychologically and socially supportive to accommodate women who want more choices during labor. The assertion that home birth is significantly less safe than hospital birth has been responded to by Howard Minkoff and Jeffrey Ecker and by a recent large observational study of home birth outcomes in America. Minkoff and Ecker argue that the evidence supports, at most, a minimal increased..

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Jazmine Gabriel
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A Reconsideration of Home Birth in the United States.H. Minkoff & J. Ecker - 2013 - Journal of Clinical Ethics 24 (3):207-214.

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