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Due to cultural shifts and medical concerns, more women around the country, and especially in the Granite State, are deciding against having their babies in the hospital.  The state’s medical community is taking note- some with major concern- and others trying to work out new arrangements to accommodate this trend.

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Sheryl Rich-Kern

Out-of-hospital births in New Hampshire are on the rise, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

That increase is in large part, because of a 2008 law that requires health insurers to pay for midwives who work in homes or at birthing centers.

But a new bill before lawmakers proposes repealing that mandate.

And midwives are worried what that means for their livelihoods.