I have recently attended 2 home births with a fellow midwife for 2 low risk women in the suburbs of an indian city. I have written an article about the above for a national parenting magazine which will be coming out in October. There is a lot of fear of homebirth in this country, although it wasn't so long ago that homebirth was the norm. The government are "pushing" hospital births and the increase and rate of cesarean sections are alarming, as are medicated births. I have observed and been a "doula" in government hospitals where doctors are being trainined and they just do not see anything close to a natural birth.
I know there will be response to the homebirth issues that are being raised and wondered if you can point me to a good study or 4 on the issue , especially in the context of a busy city life where traffic can be at a standstill for hours! The editor of the magazine is keen to include references to studies that have been done on homebirths because studies and evidence can break through the fear and the myths and make home birth a safe reality for women and families that choose it as an opton.
Also if there are any short clips of natural birth that are available on the net so that people can see it...... most doctors i have spoken to are terrified not to cut an episiotomy because they have neve "not" cut one!!
Thanks a lot