More and more moms are choosing to give birth in the comfort of their homes.
TJ and Tiffany Angus welcomed baby Austin into the world 2 months ago and they went with a delivery that's rising in popularity - a home birth.
"She was able to do the things she wanted to do she wasn't rushed. I felt very included in everything and it was just a really neat experience," says TJ Angus.
The Angus' are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2004-2009, home births rose by 29%.
"She's not hooked up to a heart monitor,(i hate those things) she's not hooked up to a poll (no stirrups, it's good)," say parents Jana and Devin Huggins, who also chose this method for the birth of their newborn son, James.
"When you have a baby with a midwife, you're a real person with a real pregnancy and it's your story. If you go to a hospital, you're a number," says Jana.
Both couples say they chose this route because they wanted a more personal experience, after having their previous children in hospitals.
But they didn't make the choice easily. Initially they all had their fears.
"When there's a problem, when there's an emergency, when there's a life or death problem, yes we need to go to the hospital and we're thankful we can," says midwife Thalia Hufton.
Hufton has been delivering babies at homes and birthing centers for 30 years. She says every couple searching for midwife services has their own unique concerns.
"We tend to do what's comfortable what everyone else is doing, but when somebody points out that when 90-95 percent of the time everything's going to be fine, why go through all this expense and be treated as if you're sick when you're just pregnant," Hufton asys.
"I felt like there was more risk involved, until it happened and then I realized there really wasn't. It was fairly simply. It was the same, and I didn't have to eat hospital food," says Angus.
The Angus' and Huggins' say they did their research and actually learned of the benefits of having a home birth.
A CDC report shows that home births have a lower risk profile than hospital births, with less pre-term and low birthweight babies being born at home than in a hosptial.
"There are things that can happen in either situation that nobody can change and you have to be able to deal with that and knowing it's not where you had the baby, that wasn't the problem. You just have to know what you're comfortable with, and I wouldn't say everybody should have a home birth necessarily, because there is a need for C-section and things like that," says Tiffany Angus.
The couples say the relationship they developed with their midwives also helped shed many of their fears.
"Right when you're baby is born they do just what they do in a hospital they make sure the baby is breathing. They go over the heart rate. They do the newborn test. They're very, very competent. They're amazing. They know what they're doing," explains Huggins.
The couples say cost was also a factor. They say they spent about $10,000 dollars for hospital births and about $3,000 for midwife services.
Compared with hospital births, home births are more common among older, married women and those with several children.
1 in 5 home births were to women aged 35 and over and about half of the women already had two children.
About 84% of them were married.
About 90% of the increase in home births, from 2004 to 2009, was among non-hispanic, white women.