I don't think the tone of that Michigan website is appropriate as what to give out to a person looking for where to start in researching home birth. I can see you feel differently about that, Buzzbuzz. I find some of the information to be incorrect, or at least not helpful to someone who is actually interested in giving birth at home. I mean, look at the titles of the birth stories...not something I would want to see as a pregnant woman. I'm not saying we should avoid stories of bad outcomes, or pretend that all care providers are great. But it seems really biased against home birth.
It makes sense now that you say it is written by a mom whose baby died. That's heartbreaking. I think we all know that... so I actually find reading things like "Safety Trumps your Vision" insulting. Not that I would blame a grieving mom trying to save other people pain, but it just seems to assume that there is this mythical person out there who, if they could see into the future, would still pick a bad outcome for their baby as long as they got their "birth experience." Every woman is making the best decision they can for themselves AND their baby.
You basically just said that you don't see how I could find those statements encouraging...unless I'm some Extremist on the Fringe, who wants someone to act in a "hands-off" manner. I do happen to think that some women birth best when undisturbed. If a woman hires a midwife, at a basic level, she is hiring someone to keep an eye on things and determine if the birth is going normally. I think that how that is determined should be up to the midwife and the woman. Maybe it's visual observation, maybe it's constant monitoring...or somewhere in between. Finding out what you think is safest is part of the research process. So... my issue is that if those statements above mean something, and that something is what you are looking for, that is totally OK and does not mean that you are an irresponsible or uninformed woman.