Jacob, your post illustrates exactly the views of most of America, that birth is extremely dangerous (it's not) and also that homebirth and birth center midwives don't have the "experience and knowledge" necessary to safeguard a birth.
We assume that hospitals are necessarily safer for birth than home. But "adverse events" happen in hospitals quite frequently. They just aren't reported in the media. I know it sounds crazy because we just never hear about it, but it's true. It's hospitals that use Cytotec/misoprostol "off-label" to induce labor, causing hyperstimulation of the uterus in some women with tragic effects for the mother or the baby (oxygen deprivation or death for the baby, uterine rupture, or massive hemorrhaging for the mother). It is hospitals that overuse the life-saving cesarean surgery. When the surgery is not necessary, it can do more harm than good, contributing to maternal death by post-surgery infection, fatal blood clots or placenta accreta in a later pregnancy.
Far from a dangerous undertaking, birth at home is very safe. At least 90% of planned homebirths are successfully completed at home. Most things that can go wrong in a birth go wrong slowly, with plenty of time for an experienced midwife to use her professional judgement to transfer to a hospital with tools and surgical capabilities when necessary. A transport to the hospital from home is not a demonstration that homebirth is not safe, it's proof that midwives know when to transfer care to a specialist.
I have had two homebirths. My first went beautifully, except that I bled excessively after the placenta was born. My experienced midwife was able to stop the bleeding and stabilize me without any outside intervention, though she wouldn't have hesitated to call an ambulance if my bleeding hadn't slowed. I chose the same midwife for my second birth, which also went beautifully, except that my son was a bit slow to breathe. Still, not a problem for my well equipped midwives! They know how to stimulate a just-born baby and carry oxygen, which we used to help my son breathe and "pink up."
As I said in my previous post. Birth has some risks, whether in the hospital or at home. No one can guarantee you a perfect birth or a healthy baby. Since there are no absolutes about what care is best, it really ought to be up to the parents to make informed decisions.
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