Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

White moms driving rise in home births

by MIKE STOBBE Associated Press

ATLANTA - Home births have risen to their highest level in about four decades but are still only a fraction of all births, according to a new government report released Tuesday.

A little more than 1 percent of U.S. births occur at home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Specialists say they remain largely a phenomenon of white women and those who live in remote areas.

In the 20th century, births shifted from homes to hospitals. Out-of-hospital deliveries were down to 1 percent by 1969.

But around 2004, they began inching up again and reached about 1.36 percent in 2012. That translates to about 35,000 births in homes and another 16,000 in freestanding, birthing centers

While more birthing centers have opened, perhaps the main driver was an increase in out-of-hospital births involving white mothers, said T.J. Mathews, one of the authors of the new report.

The proportion of white moms delivering outside hospitals rose to 1 in 49. For Hispanic, black and Asian mothers, it is around 1 in 200.

Analysts believe there's been a culture shift among many white women, who question high rates of cesarean sections in hospitals and have come to think of home births with midwives as a preferable alternative.

"They are having conversations about it and influencing each other," said Mathews, a CDC demographer.

Alaska had the most out-of-hospital births - about 1 in 17. Women in remote locations may not able to get to hospitals in time for delivery.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha 674714e33338462f8ed2c5849dec69bb
Top Classifieds
  • AKC Shih-Tzu Vet checked, $600 731-3 ... Details
  • Museum Quality Ornate Antique Furnitu ... Details
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in plasti ... Details
  • CHARLES SMITH CONCRETE REPAIR &RE ... Details
  • Cash for Farms (270)339-8680 Details
  • Bedroom Suites New in Boxes. 6pc. che ... Details
  • Seasoned Firewood. 270-243-5815 Details
  • 5 Broiler Houses80 acres irrigated pa ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't b ... Details
  • Owner Financing, new 3000sq ft,in Mar ... Details
  • 375 Acre Farm in Ballard County D ... Details
  • FHA, USDA, VA & Conventional Loan ... Details
  • Hyundai Accent '02 $1,800 97 ... Details
  • 05 CHEVY MALIBU $2500(270) 388-5983 Details
  • '06 Lincoln Truck One of the ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Vikings clip Falcon wings on road
  2. Last Oregon occupiers surrender
  3. Chihuahua saves family from fire
  1. Community looks for missing woman
  2. McCracken County Indictments
  3. Man arrested on drug charges
  1. Student helps further bullying bill
  2. Vikings clip Falcon wings on road
  3. Last Oregon occupiers surrender
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...