Originally Posted by fourlittlebirds
They also don't differentiate between the various motivations behind choosing unattended birth.
I see a conscious decision to have a planned UC as very different than a genuine oops, whether it is b/c you didn't get to the hospital fast enough or the midwife didn't arrive in time or b/c you were in denial about pregnancy, on drugs, etc. That is not to say that those situations necessarily will have bad outcomes, but if you end up with a UC when you don't want to have one, it would seem likely that you will be panicked, upset, etc. And that would likely have a negative effect on the process.
Similarly, when someone choses to UP for philosophical reasons and either is very intuitive and pays close attention to their body's messages or else does more traditional care on their own (heart monitoring, urine testing, etc.) also while making an effort to get superior nutrition, avoid dangerous substances, etc. that it is not comparable to someone who doesn't have any sort of prenatal care due to financial reasons, drug addiction, mental illness, etc.
Also, although many UCers say that you don't have
to read books or study to prepare, it seems that pretty much all do. Although they may not have the same level of experience in witnessing births, many have as much technical knowledge as a typical midwife in terms of how to deal with most complications/variations on normal.
I would think a planned UC by a thoughtful educated mother would be much closer (in statistical outcome) to a midwife attended birth than it would be to a drug addict who births their baby in a back alley. (Maybe that's a bit extreme, but I assume it would have been an example of an out-of-hospital birth included in the study)
While there is no studied evidence that unattended births have as good (or better)outcomes as HB w/ MW, there is no evidence that they don't. It's just not something that has been studied.
And although they are not really acceptable according to the scientific rules of statistical sampling, the info at unhinderedliving seems to the best actual stats on planned UC we have at this point, and it is very positive.