The Birthplace study found that many more women had a ‘normal
birth’ with low levels of intervention if they planned to have their
baby away from the hospital labour ward, as the following overall
normal birth rates for all mothers who were low-risk at the start
of labour care demonstrate:

• 58% for planned births in an obstetric unit

• 76% for planned births at a birth centre attached to hospital

• 83% for planned births at a free-standing birth centre

• 88% for planned births at home.