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Home births on the rise in California

A growing number of California babies are taking their first breaths not in the florescent glow of hospital rooms, but in their parents’ bedrooms. Although the percentage of women giving birth at home is still small, home births in the state increased by 37 percent between 2004 and 2009, from 0.38 percent of all births to 0.52 percent, according to a January report released by the National Center for Health Statistics and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.