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The Midwives Alliance is pleased to announce the publication of the largest ever U.S. study on planned home birth.

Resources to learn more include:

Media kit

Press release

Fact sheet: understanding the facts on safe selection of birth place

If you are a member of the media and would like contacts of home birth families, obstetricians, pediatricians, or others, please contact pressofficer@mana.org for a contact sheet.

Free online access to the research

The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health has very generously agreed to provide free online access to the full content of both articles for this year (2014). The articles are expected to come live sometime today, but we can’t predict the exact time.

Cheyney M, Bovbjerg M, Everson C, Gordon W, Hannibal D, & Vedam S. Outcomes of care for 16,984 planned home births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004-2009.

Cheyney M, Bovbjerg M, Everson C, Gordon W, Hannibal D, & Vedam S. Development and validation of a national data registry for midwife-led births: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project 2.0 dataset.

Resources for families

Citizens for Midwifery has developed an article to help families understand what the research does - and doesn’t - tell us about home birth safety and health benefits for women and their infants. Read more here.

Please help us spread the word!

MANA’s Executive Director Geradine Simkins has summed up the research in a blog post here. Please share via e-mail, your listservs, or on Facebook.

Consider stopping by the MANA Facebook page and sharing some of the visuals we designed to help educate consumers about the research. Please leave a comment too; every comment you leave means more people will learn about the positive outcomes of midwifery.

Coverage

We’ll share highlights of media coverage as they become available.

Questions?

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