Although hospitals and birthing centers are the safest places to have a baby, pediatricians said that women who choose to give birth at home should be supported and that setting made as safe as possible, as well. It's not completely clear what's responsible for the small increase in deaths among home-birthed babies, said UTMB neonatologist Dr. Michael Malloy. His own research has suggested close to half of babies who don't survive a home birth had a birth defect, but some may also die from asphyxia - and could have been saved with faster help. The news appears widely throughout the world, appearing in such outlets as Fox News and The Globe and Mail (Canada).