I watched a documentary about birth a while back and it was saying how in early America people started hanging fliers with pictures of ugly gypsy women with a caption that read something like "would you want her to deliver your baby?" and then the hospitalized births began to become dominant.
I'm an aspiring doula and I'm trying to write an essay about why the idea of home birthing is so foreign to us now. If anyone can offer any online leads to information I would be forever grateful.
Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin
Pushed by Jennifer Block
The Business of Being Born (again if you only watched it once)
and More Business of Being Born (you can stream it on there website for around $4)
There are SO many other great books out there you just have to look for them.