Johnson and Daviss: Outcomes of Planned Homebirths With Certified Professional Midwives

Bottom Line: Johnson and Daviss claim they found homebirth to be safer than hospital birth, but in reality, their numbers show that homebirth has triple the death rate of low risk hospital birth.

Johnson and Daviss: Outcomes of Planned Homebirths With Certified Professional Midwives

When it was discovered that they had compared homebirth numbers from the year 2000 to hospital numbers from as far back as thirty years (instead of the readily available hospital numbers from the year 2000), Johnson and Daviss re-ran the numbers using the stats from the correct year. The found that the real neonatal death rate in the hospital in 2000 of 0.9/1000, which posed a serious problem for their conclusion; their study reported a neonatal death rate at homebirth of 2.6/1000 — approximately three times the hospital death rate of 0.9/1000.  In order to justify their original conclusion, they removed deaths as a result of congenital birth defects from the homebirth group, but did not do the same for the hospital group.

Further reading:

http://skepticalob.blogspot.com/2011/04/being-published-doesnt-make-it-true.html

http://homebirthdebate.blogspot.com/2007/12/johnson-and-daviss-acknowledge-validity.html

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