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Bibliographical entry (without author) :

Perinatal outcome in hospital and birth center obstetric care. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 1999 May;65(2):149-56.

Author(s) :

David M, von Schwarzenfeld HK, Dimer JA, Kentenich H.

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OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to compare birth complications and fetal outcome in hospitals and birth centers.

METHOD: We retrospectively compared all 801 deliveries between 1992 and 1994 from two free-standing birth centers against 3271 hospital deliveries in Berlin. The hospital collective was selected according to the same risk criteria of the birth centers.

RESULTS: The birth center group had significantly fewer medical interventions, with a similar cesarean section rate (3.0% vs. 4.6%, P = 0.057) and occurrence of severe perineal lesions. The episiotomy rate was significantly higher (P < 0.001) in the clinics for first-time and multiple births. The perinatal mortality was not significantly different ( < 0.1 per 1000). One-minute Apgar scores less than 7 were found significantly more often in the birth center group.

CONCLUSION: When birth centers employ thorough risk selection and significant early referral rates to nearby hospitals, there is no evidence of increased maternal or perinatal risk compared to hospital deliveries.

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Argument (français) :

Moins d’interventions dans les “birth centres” que dans les hôpitaux, avec les mêmes résultats périnataux (Berlin).

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➡ c-section/caesarean ; place of birth ; birthing center birthing centers ; perineal/vaginal tears ; fetal distress ; episiotomy ; perinatal death rates

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Cécile Loup — 08 Mar 2004

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