Doctors should report risky homebirths: poll

More than two thirds of healthcare professionals think doctors should be required to report women who are intent on having a high-risk homebirth.

The findings of an online Australian Doctor poll show that 43% of respondents believe a medical reporting scheme for risky homebirths is necessary because it is a doctor’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of unborn babies

A further 22% also agreed on the grounds that they believe these women are ignorant of the risks of homebirth and that further advice would help them make an informed decision.

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