Homebirths on the Rise

Today new research from the National Center for Health Statistics reported a 20 percent rise in homebirths between 2004 and 2008.

There are a variety of factors for the increase. A major concern has been the rise of C-sections and alleged medical interventions. In addition, many families want to be surrounded by family and friends and cut costs. A homebirth costs about third of a hospital delivery, Marian MacDorman, a statistician and lead author of the report published in the journal Birth said. Even with the increase, homebirths still only account for 1 percent of births.

Although many moms may want a homebirth, it’s not for everyone. Woman with hypertension, gestational diabetes and other health concerns are advised to go to the hospital.

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  1. by Paula

    On May 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I had all three of my children at home all successfully. The second and third were actually water births. It was truly a wonderful experience that I would never change or regret. I had full benefits at the time of my first child’s birth at home. My co-workers thought it was different that I chose a home birth, since our medical benefits were so good, but I chose it because I knew I wanted a safe, comfortable, non-interferable delivery. I had classical calming music on & candles lit. It was the best environment a girl and new baby entering the world could ask for.

  2. by stephanie

    On May 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    We had our first baby at home in September. After witnessing both the hospital and home births of friends, I knew that home birth was what I wanted. It was hard to alleviate the fears of a couple of family members who sadly have been taught that a woman’s body can not birth a baby without medical intervention. Being able to labor and deliver (we had a water birth) in positions that actually help bring the baby down and out was wonderful. We plan on doing it again someday for our next.

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