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Characteristics of women giving birth at home in Sweden: a national register study.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Medical Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4875-1407
2006 (English)In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ISSN 0002-9378, E-ISSN 1097-6868, Vol. 195, no 5, 1366-1372 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: The objective of the study was to estimate the proportion of planned home births in Sweden and to identify maternal characteristics of women giving birth at home. Study design: This case-control study included register data of births from 1992 to 2001 in 352 women giving birth at home and 1760 women giving birth in a hospital. Results: Four hundred thirty-nine out-of-hospital births were found during the study period (0.5%). The proportion of planned home births was less than 0.4%. Women with home birth were more likely to have 4 children or more (odds ratio 3.7 [1.4 to 9.9]), be born in a European country outside Sweden (odds ratio 3.5 [1.8 to 6.8]), have a family income below the median (odds ratio 2.9 [2.0 to 4.1]), not work outside the home (odds ratio 2.4 [1.7 to 3.5]), have a high level of education (odds ratio 2.1 [1.5 to 3.0]), and be older than 35 years (odds ratio 1.7 [1.1 to 2.5]). Conclusion: Women with planned home births appear to be a group having a different lifestyle, compared with Swedish women in general.

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2006. Vol. 195, no 5, 1366-1372 p.
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home birth, midwifery, register study, sociodemography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4498OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4498DiVA: diva2:520153
Available from: 2010-01-27 Created: 2010-01-27 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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