According to the CDC, in 2012, 1.36% of babies in the U.S. were born outside a hospital. Homebirth is not a mainstream choice: however, for many families, it is a wonderful choice.
Why would someone choose to birth at home?
There are many advantages to birthing in your own home. The hormone that causes a woman's uterus to contract is oxytocin, the love hormone. What better way to get that oxytocin flowing than being in the comfort of your own home?
"The first intervention in natural childbirth is the one that a healthy woman does herself when she walks out the front door of her own home in labor."
- Michael Rosenthal