Homebirth disability rates debated

In an opinion published in a BMJ journal, Associate Professor Lachlan de Crespigny of the University of Melbourne, argues that while perinatal death as a result of a homebirth results in a coroner’s report and subsequent media attention, long-term disability as a result of homebirth remains a “silent tragedy” and that “both professionals and pregnant women have an ethical obligation to minimise the risk of long-term harm to the child”.

“The whole emphasis on prenatal care is on the