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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Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home
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