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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Melissa Mathis holds a container of freeze-dried placenta capsules. Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media hide caption

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The World Health Organization has endorsed waiting to clamp the umbilical cord for at least one minute after a baby is born. Sebastien Desarmaux/Godong/Science Source hide caption

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