I did, in fact, realize that the post on attachment parenting and autism was satirical -- which does not make it any less absurd and obnoxious. Thanks, Jeminijad, for your snarky suggestion that I did not grasp this woman's intent. Oh, by the way, that was sarcasm I just used.
I agree with other posters that this woman's tone is thoroughly inappropriate. It's one thing to suggest that homebirth should take place under particular conditions and with the appropriate safety measures in place, and that homebirth is in fact not a good idea for some moms and babies. It is another thing entirely to mock an entire way of thinking and deride a very diverse group of women because they make choices that contradict her particular understanding of science and data analysis.
Of course an OB is going to flame homebirth! A midwife is paid $5000 a patient for ALL care! Prenatals, labor, delivery, postnatal care and newborn care. But an OB, well, that's another story and it all depends on what interventions you get, even if you DON'T want them. It can easily rack up to $20,000 and if your OB decides you should have a c-section when you fail to progress past 4 cm in the last 4 hours, even though it's obvious you won't get anywhere when you're strapped to a bed by uncomfortable monitors, blood pressure cuff, and IV that'll most likely double the cost of the hospital bill. Where's this money going? Oh THAT'S right! The OB! Because they DESERVE $20,000 for stepping into the room and catching your baby and cutting a cord. Why pay an OB $30,000 with needless intervention, not to mention what was paid for OB appts, when you can cover everything with a midwife in the comfort of your own home for $5000? The decision seems simple, at least with low-risk women that educate themselves on childbirth and take responsibility for their own births. OB's get mad when women homebirth with a midwife because that's tens of thousands of dollars not going into the OB's pocket.
Now, don't get me wrong. OB's are GREAT when they are needed but do you NEED an OB to catch your baby? No. You need them when you or baby is in immediate distress and they cut you open to get baby out. OB's are good at surgery. They are surgeons and that's what they should be doing, not catching babies. And I HATE it when people say that a doctor "delivered" the baby. No, YOU delivered it, but the baby was caught by someone else.