OT- my two rascals do more than enough damage to my cream carpet everyday ... at least while I am giving birth I can be aware and try to avoid major stains! My kids have no such perception. :LOL
On topic- I agree that denying coverage for hospital births is not the answer. I think we need to focus on making them safer for women and we should start by trying to reduce the c-section rate that is SOARING to almost 30%! I believe that an out of hospital birth is safest for most women. However, there are many women who don't have that safety ... a battered woman is far better off in a hospital!
And the logistics simply don't work all the time. Some people may be concerned about their cream carpet. Others may live in an unpleasant neighborhood. I chose a birth center for my first birth because I know that if I had attempted a homebirth my MIL would have been waiting outside with a police officer trying to accuse me of abuse and neglect. I know she is a nut and those things would not be true but at the time it just wasn't worth the fight I would have had to go through. Despite what I believed about birth in my heart, I needed to compromise to protect my family and create the best possible outsome during a very turbulent time. The funny thing about it though was that my 2nd son was born in HER house and HER bed.
We've all grown a lot together.