Bellingham, Washington — June 7, 2014 — Jon Everbeck presses a cold, damp washcloth to the forehead of his wife, Alysn Everbeck, during her active labor with their second child Saturday afternoon, June 7, 2014. This is Alysn Everbeck’s second pregnancy and first homebirth. Everbeck is one of 1.36 percent of U.S. women who are now choosing to have their births out of the hospital, according to 2012 CDC data. That’s up from 1.26 percent in 2011, and 0.87 percent in 2004, the first year to break the gradual decline in out-of-hospital births since 1990, according to the CDC. The rate is higher in the state of Washington: Out-of-hospital births accounted for 3-6 percent of births in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington in 2012, according to the CDC.
(Hannah Leone/Western Washington University)