The Daily Beast has a column out on a slight uptick in home births. Hey, in this economy it's got to be a lot cheaper having a midwife come over than it is arranging for an epidural and a hospital stay!
In all seriousness, though, who wouldn't choose a home birth if they could be sure there would be no complications? At least one of my friends (a young mother who recently had her first son) says she's thinking about, *ahem*, telebirthing the second time round, particularly if her second pregnancy is as uneventful as the first one was.
This is all by the way. The truly fascinating bit from The Daily Beast's piece was the line from the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. "Women have the right to choose how and where to give birth, but they do not have the right to put their baby at risk."
Allow me: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha . . . ha . . . ha?
Please! Contraception, morning-after pills, third-trimester and partial-birth abortions are all quite legal in the United States and Europe. And we're worried about the risks of home births?
You can kill your baby on purpose, but don't dare do it by accident!
"Women . . . do not have the right to put their baby at risk."
Some days Looking Glass Land seems quite sane by comparison.