Reflections of a practicing obstetrician on the question of hospital vs. home birth, specifically addressing the issue of increased interventions, in ways known to be traumatic to babies, that are typical of many hospital births. This increased intervention has created increasing dissatisfaction in mothers of the birth experience. The attempt is made to simplify the arguments that support home birth when compared to the hospital management of labor and birth.
KEY WORDS: homebirth, hospital birth, midwife care.
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Robert Oliver, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert J. Oliver, MD, PhD, a retired Obstetrician/Gynecologist and SexologisVGestalt Psychotherapist, submitted this contribution to the Journal just a few months prior to his passing. Correspondence about this article may be sent to the Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.