Home births on the rise

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Nancy Tvergyak, registrar with the Geauga County Health District, said she's seen the number of people giving birth decrease during the past five years.

In 2006, Geauga County saw 1,331 births. In 2010, that number dropped to 1,288.

However, another statistic is even more surprising to her.

"The trend I'm seeing is higher home births," ... "The area midwife I work with said this is the busiest year she's ever had. With so many people out of work with no insurance, they're looking for alternatives."

Although they still make up less than 1 percent of all births, home births are on the rise across the country for the first time since 1990.

A new study listed in May's edition of the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care shows the number of home births nationwide rose 20 percent from 2004 through 2008.

"There are a lot of people who call us looking for home births," ...