Where to give birth, at home or in a hospital? Does it matter? (29 Jan 2013) by UCL Sound published on 2013-02-06T15:37:41Z Lunch Hour Lectures - Spring 2013 Prof Peter Brocklehurst, Director, UCL Institute of Women's Health The last ten years have seen increasing emphasis on the importance of offering healthy women choice in where they give birth. However, to date, the evidence on the quality, safety and costs of different settings has been limited to small scale and inadequate studies. The 'Birthplace in England' research project was undertaken to inform those who plan, commission and deliver maternity services. This lecture discusses the results of the research and the implications they have for shaping maternity policy, as well as some of the challenges in undertaking such large-scale research in an environment where strong personal views are held. UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at ucl.ac.uk.