Archive for August, 2009

Deconstructing the “Home Birth Debate”

“Mention that you are planning a home birth and it might be as if you had just brought up Sarah Palin or Palestine: brace for family feuds, public denunciations, and offhand remarks that imply you are selfish and stupid, your midwife is a quack, and your unborn child is a victim already in need of social services…Such is the pitch of the ‘home birth debate’ in the United States. And yet, the the research evidence suggests a more nuanced conversation.”