Here is something I am curious about that. I live in the PNW and we are planning to have our baby at home. I think I am really spoiled in that this area is VERY friendly to home births. We were seeing an OB for the first part of my pregnancy (when I was scared to death about the viability of this pregnancy... understandable since we lost the last one), and when I mentioned at 23 weeks that we were leaning towards having a homebirth with a midwife, her words were "You're low-risk. You'll be just as safe at home as in the hospital. And if you need to be transferred into the hospital, we'll be here for you." She herself admitted that many OBs have negative opinions towards homebirths because they see a lot of the high-risk stuff. But for low-risk women, a homebirth is as safe or safer than being in a hospital. (Yes, yes, I know that I'm preaching to the choir here. All of you know this.)
So, this is the environment that I'm in, and I noticed this really awful article on the Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/25/home-birth-increasingly-popular-but-dangerous.html
Honestly, it's a pretty craptastic article. It uses that crazy anti-homebirth zealot Tuteur as 'expert opinion' (akin to saying that Newt Gingrich is an expert on climate change because he used to be a college professor).
Jennifer Block, author of Pushed (excellent book on the state of birth in the US), wrote a rebuttal on this for Slate, which is an excellent read:
Anyhow, when I was skimming through the comments on Jennifer Block's rebuttal, I noticed the real *vitriole* and *hatred* out there regarding homebirth. I mean really crazy comments regarding how use homebirthers can just let 'Darwinian selection' weed us out (sheesh, really?). Truly surprising to me, as this is not what I encounter on a daily basis when I let people know that we are planning to give birth at home. Are these crazy negative people just a bad sample of the population, or are these truly the kinds of people that folks in other parts of the country encounter?
So, I suppose what I'm curious about is whether others here really do encounter these nutty anti-homebirth opinions in real life, and how they manage to stay sane about their choice to homebirth.
As I said, I am spoiled in that the environment in the PNW is very supportive of homebirth. All of my friends are supportive of our choice, as are the in-laws; my parents (who are from Texas) don't know about the homebirth, but hey, what they don't know won't hurt them. My mother is always worried about something (she thinks biking during pregnancy will cause the baby to miscarry... I should ask her what she thinks sex during pregnancy will cause), and she doesn't need to know about the homebirth. But it would be harder to keep this from her if she lived close by.
Thanks for any insights you have. As I said, I am just curious if others encounter lots of hostility towards their birth choice.