I'm a fan of home birth for low risk women. Yes, I have some bias--two of my sisters and one of my sister's babies were born at home, and I was present at all three births at different times in my life, and there's a sense of community and calm that I have rarely seen in a hospital birth--even a midwife assisted hospital birth.
That being said, the midwives who cared for my mother in 1982 and 1985 and for my sister in 2011 were thorough, meticulous and careful providers. They had good training and support. My mother had to sign an agreement that stated her willingness to be transferred to hospital at any time the midwives might deem appropriate even if they couldn't verbalize or put their fingers on a good reason--in other words, even if they just had a bad feeling. And my mother was also advised after her second home birth that if she were to have another baby, the hospital would be more appropriate (she had a calcified placenta at just past 37 weeks and a moderate post partum hemorrhage with her second home birth/3rd baby).
Point I'm trying to make is--if you're dealing with a well trained practitioner, your safety level goes up. Instead of squashing home births or water births or whatever we should be focusing on training professionals to a standard and excellent level of care within their scope--OB, MW, or RN etc.
I would love to have a midwife and home birth with my babies but will probably opt for a birthing center or hospital birth because I still believe that North America's home birthing system doesn't have the support for emergencies that would bring it up to the standard of countries with a functional primary home birth system (ie England).
There is definitely a resistance from many health care practitioners when it comes to home birth and I think the L&D nurses I know are the worst--but we also see the worst, and it's harder to separate those things when you work with a higher risk population. When I worked at a rural, low-risk hospital it was much less scary a thought because we saw lower risk, easier deliveries that were mostly natural