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Using birth certificate data from around the United States during 1990-2006, the CDC has just released a report on Trends in Out of Hospital Birth. It is a promising report detailing the uptake in out of hospital births in 2005 and sustained in 2006. Here are a few interesting and encouraging findings:
- Home births were less likely than hospital births to be preterm, low birth weight, or multiple deliveries.
- An increase in out of hospital birth also took place in Canada in the years studied.
- Women who are non-Hispanic white, over 25, and married, were more likely to have an out of hospital birth.
- Women born outside of the US were less likely to have an out of hospital birth than those born in the US.
- In 2006 64.7% of the out of hospital birth were home births and 28% took place in freestanding birth centers.
- 61% of home births were delivered by midwives - 16% by Certified Nurse Midwives and 45% by other midwives (which would most likely be Certified Professional Midwives, although the report doesn't specifically state their titles)