A RISKY and self-indulgent eccentricity, or a return to natural obstetrics? A medical and political row rages between supporters of home birth, many of them midwives and expectant parents, and its detractors, many of them doctors. Start telling women where they may or may not give birth, with hints that the choice may endanger their child’s life, and the gloves come off. A court in Hungary has just sentenced the country’s leading proponent of home births, a midwife and obstetrician called Agnes Gereb, to two years in jail for medical negligence in a case concerning two births, in one of which the baby died. She has also been banned from practising for five years.
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