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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between 2004 to 2008 home births increased 20% compared to their previous data dating from 1990 to 2004. In total, less than 1% of births in the U.S. occur at home. The report says that the rise was driven by white women--1 in 98 had their babies at home. Experts say this is the result of a growing subculture among white women toward natural birth. Comparatively, roughly 1 in 357 black women gave birth at home while just 1 in 500 Hispanic women did.

 

Obstetrician at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. George Macones, who chairs the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice said, "From our perspective, that's not the best thing for the overall health of babies and women" in this USA Today article. The report also found that doctor participation in home births declined by 38% while home births attended by certified midwives and nurse-midwives grew. Overall, researchers found that home births involving infants born prematurely fell 16% to just 6%--less than half the percentage in hospitals.

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