National Public Radio recently did a report on the increase of homebirth in the United States. In 2006, more than 38,000 babies were born out of the hospital, either at home or in a birth center. That is about 1% of total births in the United States. Of all the births occurring outside of the hospital, 83% were planned to deliver out of the hospital. Most of the deliveries out of the hospital are managed by midwives. To read the full article, go to http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/03/home_births_rise.html?sc=fb&cc=fp.