While recognizing that Australian medical authorities and government officials are notoriously repressive when it comes to women's autonomy in childbirth, I was disturbed to hear of this recent study on home births in Australia: http://ama.com.au/node/5275
Among the claims are that babies are 7 times more likely to die in planned home birth than hospital birth and 27 times more likely to die from asphyxiation in home birth.
As with all studies on controversial issues, this one has had at least one critic come forward to deconstruct it. Unfortunately, I'm not a BMJ subscriber, so I can't access this rebuttal: http://www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c826.short?rss=1&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+bmj%25
Because there's little talk of this study in the U.S., I was curious to hear your thoughts. I've home birthed two babies safely. But on the surface, I find this disturbingly compelling.