According to a recent New York Times article, women giving birth at home in the United States has a perinatal death rate of at least three times that of hospital births. BTW-I just learned “perinatal” means the death of the baby in the last weeks of pregnancy or during birth. The writer, a Harvard Med School instructor, believes this is due to poorly trained midwives in the United States, Certified Professional Midwives, who only recently had to prove they had a diploma to do their job. Certified Professional Midwives are not to be confused with Certified Nurse Midwives, who may be the best trained midwives in the world.
What do you think?