US Home Births Up 29%
They're still rare, but number is rising
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2012 6:29 PM CST
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(Newser) – MSNBC's Vitals blog takes note of a trend in US births over the last decade: more are taking place at home. It cites a new government report showing that home births jumped 29% from 2004 to 2009, mostly among white women. They're still pretty rare, though, accounting for one in 90 births in that group, or 1.1%. Overall, home births accounted for only .7% (or 29,650) of the births in 2009. Even so, the rise is "surprising," writes Rita Rubin.

Generally speaking, moms who opt to give birth away from the hospital are 35 or older and already have children. Montana led the way with the highest percentage at 2.6%. “It’s women who are consciously rejecting the system,” says a Boston University professor who co-wrote the CDC report. It notes that babies born in the hospital were twice as likely to be low-weight or premature.

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fractal
Jan 27, 2012 2:03 AM CST
Hospitals are great incubators for the strongest germs in the world. They are bright, impersonal, painful, and intimidating. Exactly the sort of environment to stop a labor, flat. Then they run pitocin thru you to rev up the contractions, while the uterus is saying "NO WAY HERE". Of course they act all surprised when the fetus goes into distress and the woman is half mad in pain. And then they decide a C section is the safest thing to do, legally. For them. Lets not even try and imagine a hospital from an infants point of view.
SandyAllen
Jan 27, 2012 1:11 AM CST
I’ve photographed births at hospitals, birthing centers, and at home. Certainly, the environment at home is less stressful, with mom and dad in familiar surroundings and in control of the what was going on. In all environments, I’ve been consistently impressed with the midwives I’ve been in contact with. My own midwife worked closely with me when my own delivery issues forced me to switch to a hospital birth. A doula, a birth photographer (of course), and well-coached family members can also make home birth a great experience.
BCS
Jan 26, 2012 11:21 PM CST
Maybe it's because the first thing they do in a hospital is stick a bunch of needles in the babies, pumping them full of vaccines, taking blood for record keeping in a eugenics database, and if it's a boy they also hack of part of the penis. Maybe just maybe this has something to do with it. As the uncle of a 16 month old and a 13 month old, i have seen first hand the lack of compassion, respect, and responsibility for the baby and parents that the hospitals and hospital workers show.