Outcomes of care in birth centers. The National Birth Center Study.

@article{Rooks1989OutcomesOC,
  title={Outcomes of care in birth centers. The National Birth Center Study.},
  author={Judith P Rooks and Norman L. Weatherby and Eunice K M Ernst and Simon Stapleton and Douglas Rosen and Allan Rosenfield},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1989},
  volume={321 26},
  pages={1804-11}
}
We studied 11,814 women admitted for labor and delivery to 84 free-standing birth centers in the United States and followed their course and that of their infants through delivery or transfer to a hospital and for at least four weeks thereafter. The women were at lower-than-average risk of a poor outcome of pregnancy, according to many but not all of the recognized demographic and behavioral risk factors. Among the women, 70.7 percent had only minor complications or none; 7.9 percent had… CONTINUE READING