The upshot from a study of more than 75,000 low-risk births is that "childbirth in the United States is very safe regardless of where you decide to do it," says Dr. Michael Greene, who directs obstetrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Giving Birth Outside A Hospital Is A Little Riskier For The Baby
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Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?
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Midwife Erin Fulham, left, takes care of Shannon Earle and her new baby Kiera. Daughter Riana, the father, Patrick, and his mother, Ann Earle, look on at the family's home in Takoma Park, Md., in 2011. Amanda Steen/NPR hide caption

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Shannon Earle holds her new baby Kiera Breen Earle, moments after she was born at their home last year. Amanda Steen/NPR hide caption

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Home Births Grow More Popular In U.S.
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