So sorry hippymom. I was thinking the same thing when I mentioned the numbers. It is still double the babies. I guess I was just trying to make a point that more people having homebirths could be more babies.... It was a horrible statement. Sorry
I like the intubation argument though. I totally think they should teach it. One of our midwives had a baby with a bone spur in its windpipe. She kept the baby attached to momma, started oxygen and called 911 and asked if they had neonatal resuc. equipment and to bring it. They showed up and didn't have it!!!!!! Still attached to mom....got to hospital, detached, baby crashed, was brought back to life. And the MIDWIFE would have been to blame....NOT the paramedics or the ambulance company, who BY LAW are supposed to have neonatal intubation, etc. equipment on board.
It could have been a loss totally averted by her having the skills and the numbnut paramedics having the equipment. Argh.