Wed May 8, 2002
By Jacqueline Stenson
LOS ANGELES (Reuters Health) - Twice as many infant deaths occurred during home births than with hospital deliveries, according to the results of a study in one US state.
Among births between 1989 and 1996 in the state of Washington, there were 3.3 infant deaths per 1,000 home deliveries, compared with 1.7 per 1,000 hospital births, the investigators found. The study excluded cases in which women had complications during their pregnancies.