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Home Births on the Rise

March 4, 2014 permalink

According the the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, home births are increasing. The proportion of out-of-hospital births decreased throughout the twentieth century, reaching a minimum in 2004. Since then it has increased, led by increasing numbers of white mothers.

The report classifies home birth by ethnicity and risk factors, but does not mention any reasons for the choice of home vs hospital. One factor is that babies born at home are less likely to get immediately snatched by social workers.

Source: Trends in Out-of-Hospital Births in the United States, 1990–2012
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midwife at home birth