Home births may be the safer option for both the mother and child , as well as saving the NHS thousands of pounds in the process, according to a recent study.
Research from the University of Oxford states that giving birth at home may be the best choice for women who already have children.
The circumstances of 64,000 births in England between 2008 and 2010 were looked into, revealing that it is healthy for women with a low risk of complications to give birth at home or a midwifery unit, saving the NHS money in the process.
A planned home birth was found to be the cheapest option for mothers who already have children, costing £780 per woman, while giving birth in an obstetric unit was the most expensive alternative at £1,142 per woman.
The study suggests that for women who have never had children before, giving birth in a midwifery unit would be the cheaper option when compared with a planned birth in an obstetric unit.
A planned birth at home would also be cost-effective, but it was “associated with poorer outcomes for the baby”.