Midwife-attended home births are increasingly favored by expectant mothers

The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story on the benefits of having one's birth attended by a certified nurse midwife. While many women in the U.S. give birth in hospitals and request the services of obstetrician-gynecologists, a growing number of mothers-to-be are choosing more natural options, reports the news source.

According to data published in the May edition of the scientific journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, the amount of women who elect home births attended by certified nurse midwives has increased by 20 percent since 2004. This practice is favored most by well-educated, mid- to upper-class women who state that their preference for home births has much to do with their desire to bring their child into the world in a calming environment sans drugs or surgery.

"In the hospital, there were seven medical students in the room when I was pushing my son out," Lara Carlos, told the news source of her delivery. "At home, it was a very quiet, slow experience, and the water helped me to relax."

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