One in three first-time mothers who want to birth at home end up in the hospital during or shortly after birth, a Norwegian study shows.
Midwifery Professor Ellen Blix at Oslo and Akershus University College, together with other Nordic researchers, collected information on planned home births in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland from the years 2008-2013.
The study includes 3,068 women. 572 of them were first-time mothers. The researchers followed the women who started giving birth at home.
A third of first-time mothers and 8 percent of those who had children before were rushed to hospital in the middle of the birth or within the first three days after birth, writes Forskning.no.
“The most common reason why women were transferred to hospital is that birth is moving too slowly. They enter the hospital to be monitored. Usually, there is nothing dramatic,” says Blix.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today