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