Home Birth Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics has released a report on out-of-hospital births. In 2006, 64.7 percent of such births occurred in homes. Another 28 percent took place in birthing centers.
The report includes a few maps that allow readers to compare states; one categorizes states according to percentage of home births in 2005 and 2006. Missouri’s percentage was above the national average, and ahead of all neighboring states’ percentages with the exception of Iowa. (Wisconsin and Oregon, two other states I’ve written about a lot, had higher percentages of home births than Missouri.)
The next map shows each state’s change in percentage of home births between 2003–2004 and 2005–2006. Missouri saw no significant change during this period. This is not surprising, considering that Missouri’s General Assembly didn’t pass a bill legalizing midwifery until 2007. I would expect to find an increase in Missouri’s percentage of home births after that bill’s midwifery provision finally became law in 2008.