Home Birth Data Trends 1990-2009 and a Midwife Who Lives the Trend

Morelli, Kathy

In January of 2012, Marian MacDorman and her colleagues compiled a data brief for the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. This brief, entitled Home Births in the United States, 1990- 2009, noted large changes in birthing patterns have occurred in the US over the past century. In 1900, most births occurred at home. By 1940, 44% of all births were at home, and by 1969, this dropped to 1%, and this rate held steady throughout the 1980's.