AAP Issues Policy on Home Births

Action Points

  • The AAP in this policy statement concurred with the statement of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in affirming that hospitals and birthing centers are the safest settings for birth in the U.S., but also said it respects the right of women to make a medically informed decision about delivery.
  • The incidence of home birth remains below 1% of all births in the U.S., although the rate of home birth has increased during the past several years for white, non-Hispanic women.
  • The statement outlines the health care system components that the authors say are critical to reducing perinatal mortality rates and achieving favorable home birth outcomes, and makes a number of recommendations for use when considering planned home birth.

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