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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
US Home Births Up 29%
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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.

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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. (Read more pregnancy stories.)

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