Evidence on home birth safety 'not relevant' to Australia

Systematic review compares apples with oranges, RANZCOG president says

The obstetricians’ college has rebutted suggestions that the weight of evidence supports home births over hospital deliveries for maternal and infant outcomes.


The findings of a meta-analysis and systematic review of 28 studies from high-income countries has no relevance in the Australian context, according to RANZCOG president Professor Steve Robson.

The Australian-led review concluded that for low-risk pregnancies, women giving birth at home were nearly