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Deliveries in maternity homes in Norway: results from a 2-year prospective study.
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PMID:  12174157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The study aims to report the short-term outcome for the mothers and newborns for all pregnancies accepted for birth at maternity homes in Norway. METHODS: A 2-year prospective study of all mothers in labor in maternity homes, i.e. all births including women and newborns transferred to hospital intra partum or the first week post partum. RESULTS: The study included 1275 women who started labor in the maternity homes in Norway; 1% of all births in Norway during this period. Of those who started labor in a maternity home, 1217 (95.5%) also delivered there while 58 (4.5%) women were transferred to hospital during labor. In the post partum period there were 57 (4.7%) transferrals of mother and baby. Nine women had a vacuum extraction, one had a forceps and three had a vaginal breech (1.1% operative vaginal births in the maternity homes). Five babies (0.4%) had an Apgar score below 7 at 5 min. There were two (0.2%) neonatal deaths; both babies were born with a serious group B streptococcal infection. CONCLUSION: Midwives and general practitioners working in the districts can identify a low-risk population (estimated at 35%) of all pregnant women in the catchment areas who can deliver safely at the maternity homes in Norway. Only 4.5% of those who started labor in the maternity homes had to be transferred to hospital during labor.
Nina Schmidt; Birgit Abelsen; Pål Øian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0001-6349     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-13     Completed Date:  2002-09-26     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370343     Medline TA:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  731-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Alta Maternity home, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Birthing Centers / utilization*
Catchment Area (Health)
Delivery, Obstetric / statistics & numerical data*
Hospitals, Maternity / utilization*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal-Child Health Centers / utilization*
Norway / epidemiology
Obstetric Labor Complications / epidemiology*
Patient Transfer / statistics & numerical data*
Pregnancy Outcome
Prospective Studies
Rural Health Services

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