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Home Births Up 20% ... as Doctors Voice Disapproval

1 in 143 births were at home in 2008, up from 1 in 179 in 2004

(Newser) - Home births rose 20% between 2004 and 2008, reflecting a small trend among some women toward natural birth, according to a government study. Fewer than 1% of US births occur at home, but the proportion is clearly going up. The increase was driven predominantly by white women: One in 98... More »

My Kids Watched Me Give Birth

And they weren't happy about it

(Newser) - Despite the fact that her 7- and 3-year-old daughters made it very clear they had no desire to watch her give birth, Madeline Holler was fairly determined to have them in the room. “I wanted them with me, the image of their brother's birth burned in their brains,”... More »

Stay-At-Home Mom, Indeed

Home-birthing 'strange and magical,' but trade-offs hurt—like Mo. law against midwives

(Newser) - Home-birthing isn’t only strange and magical—it requires some covert-operation skills, Madeline Holler writes in Babble. After finding she preferred an attending midwife in the birth of her first child, Holler found using one for her second to be illegal in Missouri, where she'd moved. As such, she found,... More »

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