The study results are important for parents because they provide detailed,
up to date information about the four different places for planning birth.
The results are specific to England. The study compares planning to use
a ‘midwifery unit’ or birth centre with planning a hospital birth. It also
compares planning to have a home birth with planning for a hospital birth.
The main focus of the study is outcomes for women who are ‘low risk’,
i.e. those who are healthy, with a straightforward pregnancy, no previous
obstetric complications that might affect this pregnancy. The study finds
that there are positive reasons for considering planning to use a birth
centre or to have a home birth.