Christiane Northrup has a new article out (thanks Michelle) about women trusting their own bodies to birth. Women have trusted their bodies for thousands of years and now we put our bodies into the hands of someone who thinks they know us better.
Studies have repeatedly shown that in healthy mothers with no risk factors, home birth is as safe as hospital birth. Increasingly, savvy women who trust their ability to birth normally are opting to avoid the hospital altogether (or at least have the foresight to hire a midwife or doula). And who can blame them? One study in the Netherlands looked at almost 530,000 low-risk planned births and found that with the proper services in place (such as a well-trained midwife and good transportation), home births are just as safe as hospital births.  In fact, home birth may even be safer.