This is a bit unrelated and I'd do something similar in a heartbeat, but it did amuse me that you linked to an article which stated that "A review paper published in 2010, for example, found the risk of newborn death was two to three times higher for babies born during planned home births compared to planned hospital births." while arguing for homebirth.
Yea, yea. I get it. That was the first of thousands of hits that I got on the topic when I did a search. All of those hits confirmed the accuracy of the the CDC's 0.67% statistic. And I'm sure you know by now that these anti-homebirth medical groups are citing a meta-analysis that has been debunked ad nauseum.
To your question on why you're wondering why I'm "focusing so intensely on those 0.67% of homebirthed babies when there is clearly a much greater problem in the U.S. with mainstream maternity care?":
From what I've gathered, there's a huge problem in the U.S. with mainstream maternity care...because of insurance. Which a lot of people don't have. So they, including moms-to-be have big holes in their health-care. Not because it isn't available. But because they're not able to pay for it.
Fair enough. I, too, think that insurance status may play a significant role in the high neonatal and maternal mortality rates. (In fact, we only have anecdotal evidence thus far, but numerous homebirth CPMs can tell you about all of the uninsured clients that they have because out-of-hospital midwifery offers uninsured women a MUCH more affordable option).
So why aren't you focusing your concerns on THAT issue (among other factors contributing to the mortality rates) of women lacking health care coverage?
Let me put it this way: Do you, from the bottom of your heart, wish to stop women and babies from dying in childbirth? Because believe me, Kanna, a LOT more lives will be saved by shifting the discussion to U.S. health care injustices and underinsurance than they ever will be by nitpicking Midwife Erika's (and other midwives') credentialing process. Unfortunately, while blinded by its zeal to stop American women from choosing homebirth, the American Medical Association completely has its priorities in the wrong place.
Perhaps by scapegoating midwives and women who choose homebirth and refusing to address problems of underinsurance and anti-evidence practices, they feel that they can blame-shift the problem of high maternal and neonatal mortality rates into somebody else's lap.