Adding Comments

We invite Member's comments on any Journal issue or any individual Journal Article. You will find the space for comments at the bottom of each Journal and Article page. You can also send comments directly to the editor at: Members can also be notified of all new comments posted by updating their Notification Settings.
Publication Date: 
Page Count: 
Starting Page: 
Price: $10.00

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.


Chamberlain, D. (1998). The mind of your newborn baby. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Karr-Morse, R., & Wiley, M. (1997). Ghosts from the nursery: Tracing the roots of violence. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.

Odent, M. (1984). Birth Reborn. New York: Pantheon.

Verny, T., Ed. (1987). Pre-and perinatal psychology: An introduction. New York: Human Sciences Press, Inc.

Verny, T. & Kelly, J. (1981/1986). The secret life of the unborn child. New York: Dell.

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

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.

Join APPPAH for unlimited access to all journals.