Birth is as safe as life gets. – Harriette Hartigan, direct-entry midwife

What one deems “safe” is inherently subjective, involving a series of judgments and a relative weighing of multiple (and sometimes conflicting) factors.

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Tilden, E., J. Snowden, A. Caughey and M. Cheyney (2016). Making US Out-of Hospital Birth Safer Requires Systems Change. Invited Commentary. Medscape. May 18, 106.