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Home Births Reach Highest Rates Since 1975

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The percentage of U.S. babies born outside of hospitals has reached its highest level in nearly 40 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2012, 1.36% of all U.S. births occurred outside of hospitals — either at home, or at a birthing center — up from 1.26% in 2011, according to the report.

Home and birthing center births have been on the rise since 2004, and the 2012 level is the highest since 1975, the report said

Out-of-hospital births were more common among white women compared with other races: About 1 in 50 births to white women, or 2%, were outside of a hospital, compared to 0.54% of births to Asian or Pacific Islander women, 0.49% of births to black women and 0.46% of births to Hispanic women. Read more…

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