Out Of Hospital Birth Rates Increased During The Last Decade

Where would you choose to have your baby? A recent study shows that while there is a greater health risk associated with giving brith outside a hospital, the number of women choosing to do so has increased significantly during the last decade. University of Maryland and Boston University researchers have found the rate of women giving birth outside hospitals has increased by nearly three-quarters. Researchers reviewed birth certificate data for 47 states from between 2004 and 2014, analyzing location and birth trends for the decade. Out-of-hospital births increased by 72 percent in the U.S., from 0.87 percent in 2004 to 1.5 percent in 2014. These mothers were more likely to self-pay for birth services. Dr. Marian MacDorman says, “Mandating private insurance and Medicaid coverage for out-of-hospital births could substantially improve access to this birthing option, now requested by an increasing number of women.” (UPI)