Neonatal mortality in Missouri home births, 1978-84.

  title={Neonatal mortality in Missouri home births, 1978-84.},
  author={Werner Schramm and Deborah E. Barnes and J M Bakewell},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={77 8},
A study was conducted of 4,054 Missouri home births occurring from 1978 through 1984. Of the 3,645 births whose planning status was identified, 3,067 (84 per cent) were planned to be at home. Neonatal mortality was elevated for both planned (17 observed deaths vs 8.59 expected deaths) and unplanned home births (45 observed vs 33.19 expected) compared with physician-attended hospital births. Nearly all of the mortality excess for planned home births occurred in association with lesser trained… CONTINUE READING