New Study: Women ‘scored’ their experience of home birth 9.7/10 but only 5.5/10 for hospital birth

Toni Harman
8 min readFeb 26, 2023

QUICK SUMMARY: A new study looking at the experience of 141 Irish women who gave birth both at home and also in hospital found that women scored their overall experience of home birth (9.7/10) much higher than hospital birth (5.5/10). In this blog-article, I explain why this matters for the infant microbiome.

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Toni Harman

I help parents and health professionals better understand the science of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the microbiome. https://linktr.ee/toniharman