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By Leah Hazard

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The subject of home births elicits many opinions, not all of them based on the facts. Leah Hazard shares what she's learned about combining quantitative and qualitative research in writing a home birth handbook, as well as her efforts to get the information into the hands of the people who need it most.

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Leah Hazard grew up in the United States and graduated from Harvard University before moving to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in journalism and the arts. The birth of her first daughter in 2003 inspired Leah to retrain as a doula, providing birth support to families in homes and hospitals across Central Scotland.  In 2006, Leah experienced the joyful birth of her second daughter at home.  Since then, she has written articles on birth and parenting for a number of national and international publications, including Midwifery Today, Midwifery Matters, Birth and Beyond, and The Mother magazine. Next year, Leah will pursue a degree in midwifery at Glasgow Caledonian University. Leah can be contacted at leah_hazard@hotmail.com and her book The Father's Home Birth Handbook is available to order online for £8.99 plus postage and packaging from www.homebirthbook.com.

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