According to a study by Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, the number of women opting for a home birth has risen 20 percent since 2004. In the early 1900s, 95 percent of expectant mothers delivered their babies in their home, and while the past century has seen a medicalization of the birthing process in this country, it appears that the trend is beginning to reverse.
Michigan Live reports that more women are choosing to have midwives deliver their babies. Nurse-midwives are often affiliated with obstetrics and gynecology practices which allow them to provide women with a traditional birth made safer by current medical advances.
According to the National Institute for Health Statistics, as quoted by the news source, 7.3 percent of all 2007 births were attended by certified midwives. This is an increase of 240 percent as compared to 1989, and the numbers are expected to continue to rise.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives has predicted that reimbursement for services will increase for midwives once the new federal healthcare laws go into effect.