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Independent voices from the TWT Communities
One mother chose home birth because it was cheaper than going to a hospital. Another gave birth at home because she has multiple sclerosis and feared unnecessary medical intervention. And some choose home births after cesarean sections with their first babies.
The study showed an infant mortality rate of 2 out of every 1,000 births, about the same as in hospitals at the time, Ms. Davis-Floyd said.
But there are also close to 1,700 midwives who practice outside of hospitals, said Ms. Davis-Floyd.