i think these are started to divide us in a manner to create doubt, fear etc.
i was checking out a debate site as well where the above mentioned "home birth safety" study was torn up. i am not a scientist so i have no way to defend or analyze these studies to get the answers we are looking for. basically they went on to say the 2 persons, Johnson, K. C., & Daviss, B. A. , are actually husband and wife, that they are actually members of such and such homebirth or midwife association and they were paid by such and such homebirth or midwife association, obvioulsy leading to conflict of interest.
the debate site states that homebirth, according to all the scientific studies, has average 1 to 2 more infant deaths per 1000 than hospital births, and that women should be told this and that the "natural birth movement" is spreading all kinds of lies,
IMO the AAP and AMA, who have a loooooooonnnnnnnnnnggggggg history of not exactly supporting the Midwives at el have spent millions and millions of dollars and have come up with 1-2 more deaths per 1000. while the Midwives et al have not put that type of money into research, i'm sure they would like to, but perhaps lack of funding, etc, it has not been done...yet.
now i can understand that probably both sides needs to justify why they do what they do, especially because it appears that they represent opposite opinions and it will probably include inaccurate or 'not scientifically' proven information. who is advocating for best interest of baby? who is advocating for best interest of mother? who is advocating for best interest of doctor? nurses? CNM? Pharm co.? etc.
i wrote in response that the comments were dis-empowering women, by scarring them (some of the comments are very hostile and belittling) and was told that informing women that there are 1-2 more deaths/1000 at homebirths was actually empowering them. well it certainly did'nt empower me to know that. what empowered me was time i spent learning what my birth choices were, what hospital procedures were, what the birth process entails, etc. in the end i chose a home water birth and used hypnobirthing. part of what we need to know to make our choices is that statistically women will die in childbirth and babies will die in childbirth. of course we don't want to die and we certainly don't want our babies to die but that is part of it. while modern medicine has provided us with extraordinary advances, the most prolific advances are sanitation, education and nutrition. While we have learned to micro-manage birth in the hospital to the extent that we reduced deaths in infants and mothers, there has been many trade offs: mother's have given over their power to doctors, we are not properly informed of our choices, the birth experience for both mother and baby is sometimes horrific and certainly more times than not ideal, we are reaching up to 30% rates of cutting open healthy women and women have been abused for far too long. an infants experience with in the average hospital procedures, IMO can only be traumatic. women are seeking natural birth choices, because they are more scarred of hospitals and doctors. they want to reclaim their birth choices and rights.
i'm not going to waste my time going back and forth with those people. I will stick with persons who i genuinely believe want the best interest of my baby and me. it fits with what has and did come naturally for me, and i'm not afraid. i would regret more making a choice out of fear and ignorance, than making a choice that i felt was in the best interest for me and my family.
i would love to read some research that shows that homebirths are safer, but just because we don't have "scientific proof" something exists, that doesn't mean it doesn't. we still know so little. we are equipped with other gifts that ensure our survival, which are instinct and common sense.
i think they are just player hating.