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Renewed Interest in Home Births

A majority of people in the U.S. think "hospital" when talking about giving birth to a baby. However, home births are gaining in popularity, even in cramped Manhattan, The New York Times reports. A growing number of moms-to-be without medical problems have been choosing to stay in their familiar surroundings of home with the goal of giving birth without any medical interventions (but with a certified nurse midwife on hand for assistance, of course).

A Better Birth

Over the past century, childbirth has become safer for mothers and babies in the United States. From 1900 to 1999, the risk of a baby dying during birth or in the first year of life plummeted from 1 in 10 to less than 1 in 100. The risk of a mother dying from pregnancy-related complications or childbirth decreased even more dramatically, from 850 deaths to less than 8 in every 100,000 births.

Communicate for A Better Birth

Write a birth plan, but not in stone. According to new guidelines from England, birth plans are a great way to determine what you want in labor, but once you're in its throes, it's communication that will promote a healthy outcome. Even if your plan isn't followed to the letter, delivery will be satisfying as long as your wishes are acknowledged. "Talk to your caregivers about your expectations and ask them to communicate with you as labor progresses," says obstetrician Karen Nordahl, M.D., a co-author of Fit to Deliver (Hartley & Marks), who reviewed the guidelines.

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