JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) — Giving birth at home is three times more dangerous than a hospital birth, according to a research published Sunday by the southern Ben-Gurion University (BGU).

The research was conducted jointly by BGU and the Soroka Medical Center, both located in the city of Be’er Sheva.

The new research examined 3,580 out-of-hospital births – planned or not – and compared them to about 240,000 births that took place in Soroka hospital.

It turned out that although mothers who gave birth outside the hospital had fewer complications in the first place (such as gestational diabetes or gestational hypertension complications), their birth complications were higher.

It was also found that the mortality rate for out-of-hospital births was 15 cases per 1,000 births, compared to 5 cases per 1,000 in a hospital.

After neutralizing variables such as background disease, week of birth, mother’s age, smoking and ethnicity, it was found that birth outside the hospital increased the risk by 2.6 times.

The study confirms that the hospital provides a safer environment for birth, and that the recommendations should be conclusive, to give birth in a hospital.

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