While less than 1 percent of people give birth at home in the United States, more than a quarter of those home births are unplanned. Emergency home births are extremely rare, but being prepared is wise for any pregnant person. Here's what you should know about home births.

Who should have a home birth (and who shouldn't)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises against having a home birth if you're expecting multiple babies, your baby isn't in a head-first position or you've had a previous C-section.

For those giving birth to a second, third or fourth baby, a planned home birth is as safe for the baby as birth in hospital obstetric units, stated Ayanthi Gunasekera, M.B.B.S., medical information lead at London Gynaecology.

"Home births are safest for those without any medical diseases or past pregnancy complications