Let me again ask... Do you think all animal should give birth at veterinary offices?
Again, let me point out that I am not making arguments against hospital births or for home births. I am stating the facts: home births for low risk pregnancies are safe and less invasive. The ideal scenario for a home birth would be with a trained midwife (or two) and within a close distance to a hospital in the case of an emergency. ALL the studies show that women who give birth at home experiences far fewer interventions than women who give birth at hospitals.
That means women who have home births suffer fewer complications due to those interventions and fewer deaths related to interventions.
Skeptical, you keep saying that women can refuse these interventions if they want, but that's false. Hospitals routinely deny women access to information/ don't allow them to make truly informed decisions or give informed consent. That was highlighted in the Amnesty International report. Read the full report from page 79 onward. Here is a link: http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/defa...lydelivery.pdf
Here are some quotes from the Amnesty International report, titled"DEADLY DELIVERY – THE MATERNAL HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN THE USA"
"Women who prefer, if possible, to avoid medical procedures – such as c-sections – have reportedly faced pressure and coercion by providers to accept unwanted medical procedures."
"A national survey found that 25 percent of women who had either a primary or repeat c-section reported feeling pressurized by a health provider to have a c-section; 11 percent reported pressure to induce labor."
"only 16 percent of white women had any choice in the decision about episiotomy (a surgical incision through the perineum); for African-American women the figure was only 4 percent"
One of the OB/GYNs interviewed explained "We talk about health care and autonomy, but in reality, in the US, that does not apply to childbearing and pregnant women…The environment is structured to be coercive
"An individual woman’s ability to actively participate in her care is hampered by a lack of information about care options and the failure to involve women in decision-making regarding their own health care."
"Studies both in the USA and in other countries have documented the safety, benefits and positive outcomes for mothers and infants of a midwifery model of care
." [...] "However, in the USA, women who want to explore the option of having a midwifery model of care face a number of barriers." (page 80-81 of the Amnesty report)
Point is: in the US currently, the only way for many women to obtain "a midwifery model of care" is to have a home birth.
It's worth noting that as a country we essentially stand alone in this "hospitals are the best choice for birth". Most other industrialized nations offer women more choices on how and where to give birth and they're provided with detailed information about the potential positive and negative outcomes. In fact, both Canada and the UK fully support home births for low risk pregnancies and they are more likely to be covered by the national healthcare.