Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature
BACKGROUND This bibliography is offered as a resource for clinicians and others (researchers, educators and policy makers) who must, within their own context for work, assess the quality of the available evidence on planned home birth, for the purpose of clinical decision making or to contextualize the current international debate on safety, access, ethics, autonomy, and resource allocation with respect to birth place. This document was originally developed in 1997 for the primary author’s personal use in her clinical and academic work. Over time updated versions (2002, 2004, 2007, 2010) informed the development of clinical practice guidelines for various North American maternity professional associations, and served as a resource in midwifery, medical, and nursing educational institutions. As the requests and selfgenerated distribution of the document expanded, it became clear that a more comprehensive, formalized approach to updating the literature search and reporting results was necessary. In 2011, additional authors and external reviewers were recruited, and a search strategy for annual updates was formulated. To facilitate continued access by those readers who regularly utilize it, the authors decided to self-publish in electronic and print formats and provide open access to the bibliography.
Lead: Saraswathi Vedam, Associate Professor, Division of Midwifery, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, email@example.com
Co-investigators: Laura Schummers, BSc, PhD student; Kathrin Stoll, BA, MA, PhD; Colleen Fulton, BA, MA, BMW student.