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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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Low risk home births 'could save millions of pounds'

Low risk mothers could save the NHS millions of pounds by not giving birth in hospital. The University of Oxford looked at the circumstances of 64,000 births in England between 2008 and 2010. They found:

  • Women who have already given birth could be better off having their next child at home
  • A planned birth in an obstetric unit is the most expensive option
  • The average cost is £1,142 per mother
  • A planned home birth is £780 per mother

The study adds that for women who have not had children before, a planned birth in a midwifery unit would also save money when compared with a planned birth in an obstetric unit.

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