Women in the U.S. have reached a new milestone: The Los Angeles Times reports that "home births in the United States increased 20 percent from 2004 to 2008, reaching their highest level since 1990."
The findings from a National Center for Health Statistics study (published in the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care) show that more moms-to-be are taking control of the birthing process and are looking to avoid unnecessary medical interventions.
Home births among non-Hispanic white women were up 28 percent in that time period, which is 6 percent higher than all other ethnic groups, according to a separate The New York Times article on the same study. The study also notes that most of the midwife-assisted home births were planned.
For some women, there's no place they would rather have their babies than in the comfort of their own residence. The option of giving birth at home received extra attention after the 2008 nationwide release of the movie The Business of Being Born.
Check out our Home, Sweet Home page to read up on the perks and considerations of staying home to deliver. For many women who are wary of hospital births and are not high risk medically, delivering at home was a legitimate option for many of our mom-to-be readers who shared their stories with us.
If you don't like hospitals but staying home isn't for you, know that there is a world of childbirth options available. Head over to our Have It Your Way page for more information on other alternatives.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregancy magazine's copy editor.