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    Find out what other moms-to-be are asking. Join in the discussion with Henci Goer, whose expertise is determining what the research tells us best promotes safe, healthy birth. If you would like to contact Henci outside of the Ask Henci forum, send an email to Goersitemail@aol.com.

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    Archived User

    Well, Henci, you knew you'd be ask for your opinion on this!  LOL!  For whatever reason, my pop-up blockers won't let me post a link here, but as you probably already know, AJOG just published a meta-analysis concluding that home birth triples the neonatal death rate.  I'd love to know your thoughts on this, either here or in a separate blog post, if you'd like to link me to it. 

    I haven't seen the whole study, (just the press release from ACOG disguised as journalism), but is it true that the meta-analysis excludes the Johnson and Davis study?   

    Henci Goer

    I just got my hands on the study yesterday, but I haven't looked at it in detail. Amy Romano is going to tackle it on Science and Sensibility. She already has a short piece up and will be doing a more thorough piece shortly, so stay tuned. (She wrote the home birth chapter for the upcoming new version of Obstetric Myths Vs. Research Realities, so it made sense for her to field this particular ball.)

    -- Henci

    Henci Goer

    Responses to the Wax home birth meta-analysis are starting to appear. Here is one on "The Midwife Next Door," and here is a press release from CIMS.

    -- Henci

    Archived User

    Thanks, Henci!  I was looking forward to hearing Amy Romano's take on it!

    Henci Goer

    Here is Amy's Science and Sensibility post. Enjoy!

    -- Henci


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