30 pc more women give birth at home

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28 March 2007, BRUSSELS – The number of women in Flanders who chose to give birth at home has increased by a third over the past several years, from 545 in 1997 to 799 in 2005.

28 March 2007

BRUSSELS – The number of women in Flanders who chose to give birth at home has increased by a third over the past several years, from 545 in 1997 to 799 in 2005.

This emerged from the study "Thuis bevallen in Vlaanderen" (Giving birth at home in Flanders) from sociologist Christien Gilleir of the Catholic University of Louvain. The report appears in the current issue of the Tijdschrift voor Sociologie (Journal for Sociology).

In relation to the number of births in hospitals, the percentage of home births increased from 0.87 percent to 1.26 percent. Women who gave birth at home tended to be well-educated and live with their partner.

The number of highly-educated women is on the rise, which could also lead to an increase in the number of home births. Many who would prefer to give birth at home however face opposition on the matter from their partner, family or gynaecologist.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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