Skip Nav
Food and Activities
Read All About It! Our 50 All-Time Favorite Children's Books
Amazon
These $4 Heated Gloves on Amazon Will Keep Your Hands Warm in the Office
Parenting
I'm a Family Psychologist and These Are the 20 Most Common Parenting Mistakes I See

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."

Read more

Would you ever consider a home birth?

Image Source: Via Paul Beatty / AP / SFGate

Telling Kids the Truth About Santa
Trying to Be Supermom
100 Unusual Boy Names
Should You Teach Kids to Share?
How to Make Time-Outs Work
Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder
Common Signs of ADD/ADHD
When Kids Start Masturbating
How Our Generation's Parenting Differs From Our Moms'
Husband's Friendship With Women
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds