06 Jul '11, 7pm

Why Are Home Births Suddenly So Popular? | Care2 Causes

Why Are Home Births Suddenly So Popular? | Care2 Causes

Despite skepticism from the medical establishment, more and more women are opting for home births. Although home births declined from 1990 to 2004, over the subsequent four years, the rate of home births rose by an astounding 20 percent . The increase is due to what experts identify as a natural birth subculture among white women who want more control over the birth experience. The results of the CDC’s study were highly racialized, with 1 in 98 white women having babies at home in 2008, compared to 1 in 357 black women and 1 in 500 Hispanic women. These statistics are particularly interesting because they show that the new popularity of home birth among a small subculture can have a significant influence on the numbers. While home births are appealing because they’re less expensive, especially for the uninsured, they’re also safer for low-risk births than going to a hospit...

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