Obstetric care better in public hospitals

Old battlelines between public and private obstetric care have been redrawn with new research suggesting women with low-risk pregnancies are better off giving birth in public hospitals.

Low-risk mothers in private hospitals were more likely to require interventional delivery than those labouring in the public system, the study of close to 700,000 women in NSW found.

Private hospital deliveries were also associated with higher rates of infant readmission in the first 28 days for birth trauma, jaundice