quantum leap, my earlier comments were not at all directed at you. I asked my initial question because my assumption was that there would be people in this forum (particularly midwives and people who were experienced with homebirth) who could provide me with thoughtful responses, and yours was among them. I think you raise a good point about how oxygen would be transmitted to the baby without a mask to intubate, and this is something that I intend to bring up.
I also appreciate the comments of womenswisdom, kim perkin, and wild doula who point out that resuscitating an infant with oxygen may not be ideal anyway. This is something I'll look into more. The reason that I felt better after my midwife's response, however, was because it became extra clear to me that her evidence based practices are consistent with both CNMs and CPMs in our community, which as I've already indicated, have really great outcomes for mothers and babies.
Having said that, I find comments from rnra to be rather baffling. First, it was unnecessary, not to mention unkind, to provide me with a step by step schedule of my baby potentially dying. If you take issue with my midwife's response, you could have articulated your critique in a way that assumed I understand how time works, because I assure you I do. I have a PhD after all. See quantum leap for an example of how to do this. Also, if you believe that CPMs lack credentials--which you seemed to suggest in your first response--and most homebirths are attended by CPMs, why are you even ON a thread about homebirth, as it would seem you don't necessarily believe that it's safe?
Again, thank you to those of you who took the time to respond and to raise your concerns in a sensitive way!