Let me state that I'm 100% for homebirth for healthy, low-risk women. I don't want to discus it here, but my hospital birth was hell when I had my daughter three years ago. I vowed that if we did have another baby, it would be here at home (this is not going to happen though as it appears that my daughter was my last "good egg.":)) The doula I used for her birth has become a CPM and there are other groups I may use as well. I know their work and they are truly dedicated to their craft. They have to be as you don't become rich practicing as a midwife.
I believe that women should be given a choice, and should be adequately counseled about the "risks" associated with homebirth.
However, one needs to do some checking of their own as there are some crackpots out there. There is a religious fanatic who has a practice in Tampa. Aside from retiring from nursing, she has no medical training in OB. God just told her that she's been sent to earth to deliver babies. Her name is Carol Balizet and she is outright dangerous. She has abandoned couples during labor, has been involved with deaths of babies... it's a long list. It is very unfortunate that nuts like this women is giving homebirth a horrible name. She's also giving Christians a bad name as well. And babies are put at risk because of her bizarre beliefs.
In brief, this is what she believes:
Women who have had their babies in hospitals, according to Balizet, will need deliverance from all sorts of defilement and demons - as will their babies.
According to Balizet, 'Hospitals are full of demons!' She claims that demons are attracted and drawn to:
'nudity, fear, pain, greed, lust, unbelief, drugs, death - these things are all abundantly present in hospitals, and it's no wonder demons are there as well.'
If you have the time, read about her here:
Part 1: http://www.ccgm.org.au/articles/articles/ARTICLE-0005.htm
Part 2: I'm having a hard time fighting part 2. If I find it I will edit this post.
Part 3: http://www.ccgm.org.au/articles/articles/ARTICLE-0007.htm
Also try googling her name... it's scary that this woman is practicing, and it angers me twofold: she's giving true, loving, sincere Christians a bad name and she's giving midwifery a bad name because this turns up when we watch the news and people associate midwives with this woman.