Trend of home births grows in Utah, experts say

The lack of legislation in Utah will be a victim of its own popularity; eventually enough women and children will be injured by the system that it will need to be changed. My goal at Safer Midwifery Utah is to bring about change before any more tragedies happen. It should be harder to legally practice as a midwife than it is to legally drive a car, but right now that is not the case. Please reference the side bar for more information.

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In the early 1900s, nearly all Utah babies were born at home. By 1969, only 1 percent of mothers were doing home births as more went to hospitals to deliver their babies.

The trend is shifting again, experts say.

Lois Bloebaum from the Utah Department of Health and Heather Johnston, a midwife, were in studio Tuesday to discuss a study that showed the change in numbers.

Watch the video above to see the full interview.

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