More women choose home births14th December 2006
New figures have revealed more women than ever are choosing to give birth at home.
Data from the Office for National Statistics show 17,279 births took place at home in 2005, compared with 15,198 in 2004.
This means around three in 100 births now take place at home.
A break-down of the figures by the National Childbirth Trust show Wales and Scotland have seen the biggest rises.
Analysis showed home births in Wales rose 18.9 per cent, Scotland 14.6 and England 13.4. In Northern Ireland, the number of home births fell by 12.9 per cent.
The NCT welcomed the figures, but said access to home births was still patchy, often caused by shortages in midwives. Women are also struggling to get the right information to make informed choices about home births.
The Government has pledged to increase women's choices when it comes to where to give birth.
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Sunday 24th December 2006 @ 22:57
I think its about time women have a choice to access to home births. I know its not always medically possible but a relaxing setting for any woman giving birth whether at home or in a birthing room at hospital not an operating theatre (unless needed) is well not before time. Charles Linskaill
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