The CDC this week released the stats on home and birth center births from 1990 to 2006. Their data showed a rise of 5% from 1990 to 2005. The stats also showed an 18% increase in midwife attended out of hospital births (which is important because it shows the home births were planned and not accidental).
I did read a post on these stats over at NPR which i only share because it mentioned who recommends and doesn’t recommend home birth. the article points out that the the American college of Obstetrician and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association are both opposed to non hospital births. Not shocking since an out of hospital birth is money out of their pockets more or less. However the American college of nurse Midwives does support out of hospital births for low-risk women (again makes sense). but what i found positive is that the WHO (World Health Organization) also supports out of hospital for LOW-RISK women.
Its posititve to know that while out of hospital isn’t best for everyone, if you are low risk and desire it the options are there and the education is getting out there. I can’t wait to see the stats the CDC releases next time as they will cover the time when movies like The business of the being born has been released and more education/information are becoming available. Not to mention the word of mouth of the many moms who are choosing their personalized birth experiance and not the medical.