If there's a risk of water inhalation with water birth, not only would I like to see that, but so would Barbara, I'm sure. The case studies in that article are inconclusive - and I'm not sure what "poorly managed" waterbirths mean. Surely, any baby with a one minute Apgar of 1 had signs of distress during second stage. Babies with those issues should NOT be born in water.
I've seen - NUMEROUS times - waterbirth mentioned by the Obs on the OB/GYN forum.net lists, where they talk about it being a "fad" and "reckless".... it would be funny if it weren't so sad.
Like the bashes on homebirth, if they can come up with some solid evidence, then I'd listen. However, it's the old theory that birth in itself is scary and anything but a woman sitting up, spread eagle in front of you on a surgical bed is "reckless".
However, Barbara should be careful about quoting an article when said article does not have the quote advertised. Such is the issue that gets us in trouble.