Home births on the rise nationally, smaller increase in Northeast Florida

Although the numbers are small, home births in the United States have grown from .56% of all births to .72% from 2004-2009 (29 percent). The increase in Northeast Florida was much smaller — from .53% to .59% (11.3 percent).

Home births have declined significantly over the last century — from nearly all births in 1900 to under 1 percent by 2000. A new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that women who are giving birth at home are older moms, typically who have had other children and are low-risk.

Hispanic women are also more likely to have a home birth than their white and black counterparts. But the nationwide increase in home births is largely attributed to non-Hispanic white women.