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I believe the OP was looking for ACCURATE statistics. Look at what is actually in those articles. They don't follow scientific procedure. They assume many unknown things.
Both of my children were born UC. I am married and we filled out the birth certificate. We included Apgar scores (and both of the birth certificates - for two different states as we moved in between the births of our children - required Apgar scores to be valid). So, according to that study, some unknown attendant delivered our children. No. Do you realize how skewed these "stats" are?
The MO study is just as flawed. Did you realize that lay midwives are illegal in the state of MO. Because of this, many births are filed as UC in order to protect the lay midwife. So, right there you can throw out any stats in this study as they are inaccurate.
We researched birth extensively for two years prior to conceiving. Based on my research, I know that giving birth unassisted is the safest way for me, my children, and my family. Dh and I know the signs of a true emergency. We know what to do in case of an emergency. We know how to recognize signs of a possible true emergency so that we have time to get help. We know what is really an emergency and what is not. There is nothing that a midwife or doctor can do to help in our home that we are not capable of doing ourselves.
Did I have birth experience before our first child? Not really. Besides some farm animals, I had never been to a birth. I am intelligent, well educated, well researched, and know how to listen to both my body and baby in order to have the best possible outcome.
Frankly, anyone who makes a living from birth is going to be against UC. UC empowers women. It empowers couples. It empowers families. It puts so called birth "professionals" out of work. That just is not going to go over well. They like having a job, paying their bills, and eating food. They like job security. So of course, they are going to tell a woman that she NEEDS them. Her baby NEEDS them. The birth WON'T BE SAFE without them. Would you expect a vaccine manufacturer to tell you that vaccines might cause problems? No.
mom to boy 14, boy 5, 11 week loss, Expecting a surprise in December!