- The rising interest in home births tells us a lot about the experiences of mothers in the U.S.
- Eugene Declercq: Mothers turn away from hospital births because they feel poorly treated or pressured
Eugene Declercq is a professor and assistant dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is the founder of Birth by the Numbers, a website that provides information on childbirth practices and outcomes in the United States and abroad. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Recent studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Canadian Medical Association Journal have examined the safety of home births. That they came to different conclusions isn't as interesting as the fact that so much attention is being devoted to a phenomenon that accounts for less than 1% of U.S. births. So, why should we care?