The United States continues to see a rise in the percentage of mothers who give birth at home. In fact, this is the highest level it has been in three decades, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released a report on Tuesday that shows how many women give birth outside of a hospital or other medical facility. The findings are based on data from 2016, which marks the first year in which all 50 states have made data available online.
"This is an important milestone in our efforts to improve the quality of maternity care," reads a statement from Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of NCHS, which conducts surveys about maternal health and provides data for these reports.
The number of U.S. home births reached a record high in 2016, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The number of U.S. home births reached a record high in 2016, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The NCHS reported that there were 337,000 U.S.-born babies born at home in 2016, which was an increase of 2% over 2015 and a 25% increase since 2010 — when there were 277,000 home births.
The highest levels of home birth have been recorded since 1998, when there were births in the United States that occurred outside of a hospital setting (6% higher than 2015).
The United States has reached a new high for the number of home births in recent decades, and the rate at which women are having babies at home has nearly doubled since 2000. The increased use of midwives and other alternative birth options has been associated with lower rates of intervention during pregnancy and birth, which could help reduce the risk of complications and improve outcomes for mothers and newborns.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on home births in the U.S. on Tuesday that showed a 30 percent increase in the number of home births. The report also found that the rate at which women had babies at home increased by 61 percent over that same period, from 12 percent to 22 percent.
While those numbers may appear small, it's important to keep in mind that about one-third of U.S. births take place outside a hospital setting — including hospitals or birthing centres — according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine this month (PDF).
The United States has seen a dramatic rise in the number of home births since the mid-1990s, a period that coincides with the nationwide decline in caesareans. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of hospital births dropped from 32.8 percent in 1995 to 29.9 percent in 2016 — a decline of about 1 percent per year. Meanwhile, rates of home births jumped from 5.2 percent to 7.1 percent — an increase of about 3 percent per year.
As a result, more than a quarter of all births now take place at home or another setting other than a hospital or birthing centre, up from less than one-tenth in 1995. No doubt the growth has been so Instant and rapid! United States has to control their population growth for sure with the best possible rules or policies.
Doctors who are also Senior behavioural scientists at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics and one of the lead authors on this analysis released Wednesday (Sept. 25). Not only United States, but the whole country has to focus on controlling the population as it has now crossed 8 billion!
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