Citing concerns about high rates of Cesarean sections and other medical interventions, the impersonal nature of hospitals, and negative past experiences in hospitals, the number of women who are choosing to birth their babies at home rose twenty percent between 2004 and 2008, according to a report released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In 2008, just over 28,000 home births took place at home, which still only accounts for less than one percent of total US births.  But the rise in numbers over recent years is unmistakable.

The article goes on to say that in 1900, an estimated 95 percent of births took place at home.  By 1935, that number had dropped to half of all births, and by 1955, less than one percent of mothers had home births.

A 2005 study found that 88 percent of home births in the US and Canada had positive outcomes, while 12 percent of women were transferred to hospitals--9 percent for preventative reasons, 3 percent for emergencies.  That study also showed the infant mortality rate was 2 out of every 1,000 births, about the same as hospitals.