Out-of-hospital birth rates rise slightly in U.S.

The number of births that occurred outside the hospital increased from 1.26% in 2011 to 1.36% in 2012, with Alaska recording the highest out-of-hospital birth rate at 6%, the CDC said Tuesday. Home births accounted for most of these births at 66%, followed by deliveries in birthing centers and clinics or medical offices. White women were two to four times more likely to give birth outside of the hospital than other racial or ethnic groups.

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