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San Diego and Riverside Counties

(858) 707-5765

Aerie Midwifery provides full-scope, out-of-hospital midwifery care in the greater San Diego area. We offer a personable, competent, and commonsensical approach to your care before, during, and after your birth, as well as well-woman care throughout the lifespan.
You can expect clinical excellence meeting the highest, evidence-based standards, grounded in solid experience, and inclusive of the fully informed consent of women and their families.
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FAQ Blog

How often are clients transferred to the hospital?

Tanya Moushi

From the largest contemporary prospective study of home births in the US and Canada, involving 5418 women, 12.1 percent of patients were transferred to a hospital intrapartally or postpartally. Five out of every six women transferred (83.4 percent) were transferred before delivery; half of these transfers were for failure to progress, pain relief or exhaustion. After delivery, 1.3 percent of mothers and 0.7 percent of newborns were transferred to a hospital, usually because of maternal hemorrhage (0.6 percent of births), retained placenta (0.5 percent of births), or newborn respiratory problems (0.6 percent of births).  (BMJ. Jun 18, 2005; 330(7505): 1416).

What does this mean for you? Approximately one in ten of you will require transfer to the hospital. It is more common for mothers giving birth for the first time to require transfer.