Man, you should have seen the FB exchange I got involved in over this article! Women saying things like "why would any woman in her right mind with access to the luxury of a hospital put her or her baby's life at risk by choosing home birth?" and "HOME BIRTH IS DANGEROUS. PERIOD." Oy. And none of them had any facts or references to back up their statements. Very disheartening.
I hadn't read this until now.
I think what irks me most about the article is that it focuses on the fact that people "might" choose homebirth for the "experience"-- for comfort of the mother, for ease of labor, etc. When the reality is for me (and I believe many other homebirthers)-- is that we believe the birth process to be SAFER for our babies and our bodies at home. I would go through anything to have a healthy, safe baby, and I choose the location where I believe I have the greatest chance at achieving that.
The experience and the comfort are just a bonus-- but my decision comes down to where I think my child stands the best odds, and for me, that is at home.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12