Does anyone have good data/stats/something tangible for me to read about infant mortality rates at homebirths vs. hospital births?
My mother just got very annoying with me on the phone just now about it. She is very much someone who will believe anything a Dr. says without question. AND, my sister has had 2 homebirths and I'm planning my first yet my mother is still being....I don't know, all I can say is "annoying", cuz she's my mom and while I love her, it's the only word I can find to describe how she just was on the phone. While she likes to think she can be open-minded, she is also very much not into going against the grain and views my sister and I as sometimes being "difficult" because we're so particular about certain things. She would like it much better if we just went the conventional route with everything and didn't have a desire to be different from conventional ways of thinking.
In a high pitched voice "oh, so I was talking with this pediatrician at a function the other night...not an OB, but a pediatrician, and he said how he has proven evidence that infant mortality rates are MUCH higher at homebirths." And that's all she said. No follow up. No words of support to me. GRRRR what is the point of her throwing that at me!? So I said "Oh, well that's absolutely wrong...if you look at the stats it's completely wrong. Not only is the infant mortality death rate higher in hospitals so is maternal" and she said "oh well I wasn't going to question what he said, he said he had proof and Im sure he wasnt making it up, he's a Dr." was essentially what she said. So I'm like "what, so you were telling him how your daughters are all into homebirth and he responded with something like 'ohhh...homebirth is VERY dangerous" and she said "yup!" and im like "ok, well that person is clearly very uneducated" to which she responded again that she wasnt going to question a Doctor. ARRHRHRHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGGHHGHGH
soo........anyone have anything in print they can show me? I realize I could search myself but I figured this was the easier route for the moment.