Bellingham, Washington — May 28, 2014 — Doulas from Bellingham's Wise Doulas cooperative massage the stomach of Alysn Everbeck, 29, during a sifting session. Everbeck is about 8.5 months pregnant with her second child. This is Alysn Everbeck’s second pregnancy and will be her first home birth. Everbeck is one of 1.36 percent of 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. 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)