“Planned births at home and in midwifery units are more cost-effective than giving birth in hospital,” BBC News has today reported.
The news is based on a large study that examined the costs and safety of births in various planned settings, including at home and in hospital. It used data on almost 65,000 women with pregnancies considered to be at low risk of complications, and compared planned births at home, in stand-alone midwife-led units, in midwife-led units located alongside hospital facilities and in hospital. Researchers found that the average cost for a home birth was lowest, at £1,066. The most expensive were hospital births, at £1,631 on average, while midwife-led births came in at around £1,450.