This was on huff post live yesterday and is a very succinct summary of the issues.
I listened to the whole show and disagree that this is good summary of the issues. I disagree with using Dr. A as the expert for this show - I would much prefer someone less openly anti-HM. Her perspective is so obviously warped and her representation of HB midwifery is absurd. I've checked her site on many occasions and she is deliberately misleading about the few cases that I have any knowledge about. Just as she was deliberately misleading on this interview. I have extrapolated from there that she is just generally biased and willing to mislead in order to promote her bias.
That said, stories of the mother's experiences is helpful to hear and understand. ANY mother who chooses a "hands off" type MW (or any prenatal care for that matter!) HAS to advocate for themselves and their baby and they must research their choices. One thing I take from this video is that the trust and bond one has with their MW can sometimes prevent a family from making a fully informed choice. I agree that the MW plays a role in that and am sympathetic to these mothers for the way they were mislead for their births.
And, falsifying medical records - wow! I'd be out for blood.
Then the interviewer saying that 20 months ago there wasn't much information on HB? Really?
As for the MANA studies goes...I admit that I don't understand that issue and would be open to a whole thread on the subject (I started one a few years ago and it didn't really go anywhere).