I had a lovely, successful home birth with my first, and did not tell my family until after the fact because I knew it would cause issues...which it did. I'm now due with my 2nd in August, and my planned HB is the subject of endless tension and accusations. At this point, I've basically decided to put together a brief they can read if they want, and speak no more about it. I've found quite a few of the old posts with links to studies, etc., but what I'm looking for now is some of the following:
Unexpected life-threatening risks for a low-risk mother (home or hospital) - the only ones I can think of now are uterine rupture or undiagnosed placenta previa, though I know there are others
-risk factors for these conditions
-likelihood statistically overall
Life-threatening/brain-damaging risks for baby born at home - I imagine these are myriad, things like cord prelapse, meconium aspiration (not sure that's life threatening?), etc and any statistics on likelihood
Risks for baby born at hospital - infections, etc. - I have the summary from the Mehl study, but if there's anything more recent now that there are superbugs, etc. I'd love to know-
I concluded from my own research the first-time around that it seemed most home births that went wrong suffered from inadequate care and/or stubbornness on someone's part (MW or mom ignoring warning signs before or during labor, or making assumptions that post-labor problems were not serious) and that for those that had a well-qualified attendant and both kept an open mind about transferring at all times, HB was as safe or safer than hospital birth. I have no evidence of this data anymore, probably because it was a conclusion I reached after reading zillions of anecdotes and books (pro and anti-HB), but if anyone can point me to anything specific that could back up my conclusions (other than the BMJ study, Mehl study, etc.)
Thanks for the help!