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NICE recommendations re home births in England and Wales, Intrapartum Care, May 2014: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/GID-CGWAVER109
Low-risk women (women without medical conditions or other factors that put them at increased risk) who have given birth before should be advised to plan to give birth at home or at a midwifery-led unit (freestanding or alongside).
Findings from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford, Birthplace Cohort Study, 2011
For women having a second or subsequent baby, home births and midwifery unit births appear to be safe for the baby and offer benefits for the mother
The ‘MidU’ (‘Midwifery Unit’) study showed that midwifery-led care, as practised in these units, is as safe as consultant-led care but uses less intervention in pregnancy and childbirth.
Women’s satisfaction with the facilities was apparent in the study and 85% of those attending the MLUs said they would recommend the care they had received to a friend, compared with 70% of those having usual care. Although facilities in the MLUs were quite luxurious, the cost of care for each woman was €332.80 less than in the usual hospital system