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Home Birth on the Rise by a Dramatic 20 Percent

Home Birth on the Rise by a Dramatic 20 Percent

Did you find giving birth in the hospital to be a disappointing experience? Citing not only the wish for more personal and relaxed labors, but the desire to avoid many aspects of hospital births, American women are opting to give birth at home in record numbers. Home birthers, some of whom are uninsured, say they are sidestepping high costs, hurried labors, drug interventions, and unnecessary C-sections.

The AP reports that home births "increased 20 percent from 2004 to 2008, accounting for 28,357 of 4.2 million U.S. births," and that perceptions have come a long way since the 1970's, when home births were seen almost exclusively as a "hippie, countercultural thing."

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Would you ever consider a home birth?

Image Source: Via Paul Beatty / AP / SFGate

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