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Transfers to Hospital in Planned Home Birth in 4 Nordic Countries: A Prospective Cohort Study

Blix, Ellen; Kumle, Merethe H.; Ingversen, Karen; Huitfeldt, Anette S.; Hegaard, Hanne K.; Ólafsdóttir, Ólöf Á.; øian, Pål; Lindgren, Helena

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: March 2017 - Volume 37 - Issue 1 - p 36
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000512032.12355.d0
Mother, Fetus, Neonate
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(Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016;95:420–428)

Research has shown that of women planning to give birth at home in western countries up to one-third are transferred to a hospital during labor or after the birth. The objective of this study was to describe how often women and neonates were transferred from home to a hospital during labor or after birth; the indications for transfer; how long before or after birth the transfer occurred; the mode and duration of transfer; and the proportion of transfers classified as potentially urgent.

Faculty of Health, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, Oslo, Norway

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