Each year, there are several homebirth deaths due to a midwife that is not as well trained as she should be or, even worse, negligent.
Homebirth offers a great service to women, tending to their needs and their comfort better than it would be seen to in a hospital setting by a team of nurses and an OB/GYN.
Still, a woman choosing homebirth shouldn't have to worry about it if the midwife she chose is really as competent in an emergency as she seemed.....or if the midwifes' care will fall apart and end in catastrophe (and a dead baby) if complications arise.
This thread was started to discuss ways for the "Sisterhood of Midwifery" (and really, anybody knowledgeable and interested) to improve safety for moms giving birth under their care.
Heated debate welcome, but please, be tough on the problem, soft and polite on the people.
Don't make any claims without backing them up with data.
Anecdotal data welcome, but mark it as such. It's useful to illustrate a point, but not enough to prove one.
If you notice that the point you're trying to make doesn't have as much validity as you thought it did, don't be afraid to concede it. This isn't about winning or "who's to blame"....this is about IMPROVING the system and providing BETTER CARE.
Every once in a while, try to sum conclusions up, so people don't lose the overview.
Don't leave it at just discussing things. This is about the real world. This is about real people.
Make plans to truly affect change.