Exactly. Infant mortality is a measure of deaths up to 1yr of age. That's ot very accurate when you're talking about birth related deaths.
OK, but....that said, neonatal mortality (first 28 days after birth) is abysmal in the U.S.:
(Edited to add the second link).
I don't have statistics either, but I know in a study conducted in British Columbia homebirth in uncomplicated pregnancies was found to be no riskier than hospital birth. The report could probably be found on the BC College of Midwives website. I know that Norway has research with similar findings. Of course, in BC we have fully trained and lisenced midwives that have full hospital priviliges and seem to work well (in most cases) with the medical community. Midwifery care is also fully covered by provincial health insurance.
You wouldn't happen to have some statistics / studies / further information on that "babies die in the hospital" claim? And more details? Like what they die of? Under which circumstances?
If so, it'd be nice to integrate that kind of information into the current discussion ^_^
The study was done in 2000, so 11 years ago. You wouldn't happen to know if there's a more recent one around too?
Especially since in the intrapartum and neonatal mortality was 1.7 deaths per 1000 planned home births....which is, as far as I'm aware, quite a bit higher than current rates for mortality at the hospital.