AMA misleads on homebirth death figures: Interview w AMA Pres + Home Birth Australia Sec

The Australian Medical Association has recently published a journal article claiming a seven-fold increase in risk of death for children born at home. The Hoyden About Town blog published an article explaining how talking about the seven-fold increase was misleading, as it involved only nine deaths over a thousand planned homebirths in fifteen years. The study only identifies three deaths that may have been prevented if different care was chosen. However in a media release, the AMA only mentions the seven-fold increase in risk, without putting that figure in context.

The figures in the AMA's media release have been reported without challenge by media outlets including the ABC, Courier-Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The audio story in this article includes a summary of the issue, and interviews with AMA President Dr Andrew Pesce and Home Birth Australia Secretary Justine Caines.

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