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Study backs home births

A new study claims low risk mothers could save the NHS millions of pounds by not giving birth in hospital.

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Home birth research 'paves the way for change'

This and other research points out the substantial benefits of midwife-led care: it is better for mothers and babies, it is better for midwives and it is better for the NHS. However, we are still seeing 96% of births taking place in hospitals and this underlines the need to make a fundamental change in the way we deliver maternity services in this country. The Government constantly tells us it wants more for less, and this is a shining example of how that can be delivered.

– Louise Silverton, Royal College of Midwives

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