Understanding the Upward Trend in Home and Other Out-of-Hospital Births

Marian MacDorman, Ph.D presented on March 17th at 11:30am.

Home births are on the rise again after several decades of decline according to a new Data Brief issued by the National Center for Health Statistics on January 26, 2012. This recent publication examines trends and characteristics of home and other out-of-hospital births. The authors found that there were nearly 29,650 home births in 2009, an increase from 25,000 in 2006. The percentage of home and other out-of hospital births varied widely among the states, but was significantly higher in rural areas, and percentages of home births among women of color are significantly lower than for non-Hispanic white women. Marian MacDorman is a statistician with the Reproductive Statistics Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics and lead author of the report.