Published on January 28th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
CDC Charts Nearly 30% Uptick in Home Births
Although it’s not a stunningly huge number, about thirty thousand babies are born at home each year, a number that’s steadily increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Still less than one percent of all American births occur at home, but a new report tracking trends in childbirth between 2004 and 2009 shows that the uptick is significant- from 0.56% in 2004 to 0.72% in 2009. The demographics for home births skews to an older segment of the population, with numbers overwhelmingly including women 35 or older. Families that choose home births also tend to be caucasian but not Hispanic, and the numbers fluctuate wildly from state to state- with Louisiana moms least likely to opt for home births and Montana moms to choose them more often than women in any other state.
Saraswathi Vedam chairs the American College of Nurse-Midwives’ committee and while she notes “an increased interest in everything about healthy living,” she notes that not every home birth goes according to plan. Vedam acknowledges that hospital transfers are rare but sometimes necessary:
“Home birth is an ongoing assessment. We’re not talking about making a decision about where you’re going to give birth and sticking to it. If your risk profile changes, then you change the plan and go to the hospital.”
Have you considered a home birth or experienced one? Do you find it to be risky, or better for both mother and baby?