Quote from SmilingBluEyes
The book is amazing. Never have been to her seminars. Never have or personally heard of a case of "tap water pneumonia" either. I know many places do tub birthing and never had I heard of complications due strictly to tub birthing!
Thank you, SBE, for being the first to say this. I too am a little wary of that docs assertion. I'd like to see a little research and some case files before nixing water birth, myself.
As far as Ina May goes, she is extraordinary. Even putting aside her book (which is way hippy crunchy and a lot of fun to read), it's hard not to be impressed by The Farm's statistics. They have something on the order of a 1.4% c-section rate. This is INCLUDING breech birth, twin births, all sorts of things considered to be high or higher risk. Apparently, there's a video of a twin vertex breech birth that they did. I'd love to see it.
It might be nice to go to one of the seminars, simply to recharge your batteries, breathe in some fresh air and hook up with other people who believe in natural birth and can convince you you're not crazy.