American Caucasian Women preferring Home Births

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The number of pregnant women who choose to have their babies at home instead of at a hospital has risen by 20 percent over the past four years, according to new statistics released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though home births had been on the decline between 1990 and 2004, the period between 2004 and 2008, which represent the newest figures available, saw a sharp increase in home births.

Marian MacDorman, lead author of the study from the CDC, told reporters that the rise in popularity for home births is being driven primarily by Caucasian women. Roughly one out of every 98 pregnant white women had their babies at home in 2008, while only one in 357 black women,  Continue reading