Marked rise in home births in the US

HOME births are rising in the US following a 15-year decline, researchers say.

Home births increased 20% from 2004 to 2008, mostly among non-Hispanic white women, for whom more than 1% of all births now occur at home.

There were 28,357 home births representing 0.67% of the overall 4.2 million US births in 2008 – the highest reported proportion since 1990.

This was despite “increasingly public physician opposition to the practice” including a 2007 policy in which the American College of Obstet­ricians and Gyne­cologists warned of the risks.

Birth 2011, online 20 May