Interesting article today on NPR.
Home births increased by 29 percent between 2004 and 2009. Still, births at home remain pretty uncommon. Only 0.72 percent of births in 2009, or 29,650, were at home, up from 0.56 percent in 2004, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
The report didn't examine the reasons for the increase. But some experts said that it may be partly a reaction to the sharp increase in caesarean section deliveries in recent years. Some women may hope to avoid a C-section, and other medical procedures that often occur in hospital deliveries. Women who are married and have already had a child are also more likely to have a home birth, the report found.
The two big concerns are making sure the midwife delivering the baby at home is qualified to spot a problem quickly and can get help in time.
Have you ever had a homebirth? If so, was it with your first child, or subsequent pregnancies? If not, would you ever consider one?