I’ve decided to close out the comments related to my recent home birth posts. I’ve received quite a few of them in the last couple of weeks, the large majority of which are attacks on one category of midwives or another, are often personal in nature, and contribute little if anything to the discussion of home birth’s role in American maternity care. As promised, I didn’t publish them. There are obviously deep divisions among midwives (at least among many of those who wrote in) and a blog shootout isn’t going to accomplish anything.
I’ll write more on the subject of home and other out-of-hospital birth in future posts, in particular about how place of birth increasingly appears to impact a baby’s long-term health, but for now it’s time to give it a rest.