According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of home births in the United States has increased since the beginning of the 21st century. After reaching an all-time low during the 1990s, the number of women who have chosen to give birth at home has increased. From 2004 to 2009, the number of home births increased by 29 percent.
More facts about home births:
Pregnancy over 35 is an automatic high risk factor that prevents most home birth midwives from attending these births, usually for insurance reasons. Multiparous women over 35 are likely to have a larger proportion of unassisted home births than any other demographic, however, unassisted birth are not counted in home birth statistics, which come from midwifery practices.
This article would be more useful to include reasons for the increase in home birth (and alternate birth center births), which are many, are varied-and are important topics for parents-to-be to be aware of and to seek accurate information before important decisions are made.
Rising hospital costs, MSRA and other antibiotic resistant plagues, loss of autonomy/choice causing PTSD-like trauma after a hospital stay (this problem coined the term birth rape), surgical birth rate nearing 40 percent, massive amount of iatrogenic complications and many more problems within the medical field are among the causes of the increase in out of hospital births.