♦ MacDorman MF, et al. Birth. May 20, 2011, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1523-536X.2011.00481.x/abstract.

After declining from 1990 to 2004, the percentage of home births rose 20% from 2004-’08, according to analysis of U.S. birth certificates.

In 2008, there were 28,357 home births, or about 0.67% of the approximately 4.2 million births in the United States. That is up from 23,150 home births in 2004, or 0.56% of the births that year.

The rise was due mainly to a 28% increase in home births among non-Hispanic white women. For this group, 1% of all births occurred at home in 2008. Among non-Hispanic black women, the percentage of home births dropped from 0.3% in 2004 to 0.28% in 2008.

Among the states, Montana had the highest percentage of home births in 2008 at 2.18%, followed by Vermont (1.96%) and Oregon (1.91%).

The percentage of preterm and low birthweight infants born at home dropped...

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