Y'all have a really low opinion of doctors. I'm not going to claim that any doctor is perfect. I think that obstetrics could stand some improvements. But if I were a medical student, and I heard my own cousin express this opinion of doctors, I would be busy wondering how it was that I never noticed how badly my cousin misunderstands and mistrusts me. I might not produce my most logical arguments. There might, later and privately, be screaming and tearing of hair.
In terms of choosing homebirth, I would never just decide on a whim to have a baby at home without doing copious amounts of research beforehand. It is MY belief that women are often told really scary sounding things to get them to do what their doctors want them to do. I have read countless stories on this board in which women describe their "birth rape" at the hand of the medical profession. My sister, another cousin and a friend of mine had very traumatic births in hospitals. I'm not alone in my feeling that women are often bullied and patronized during the process of birth. I realize that there are as many positive stories about women loving their hospital birth experience. There are two sides to every pancake. I respect both sides. We all have to make the best choice for ourselves. It is never my position to mock or judge the choices of others, most especially not my cousin. She's wonderful and brilliant. (She also has no intention of ever becoming an obstetrician either! She wants to do cardio!) I just don't happen to agree with her position on home birth.
Bottom line, it's not wrong for women to trust their own bodies and their own choices as much as they might trust a doctor.