There were eons of home births, then hospital births, then a rise in home births, then a decline, now it’s coming back...For the right couple, home birth is a safe and intimate, more natural and less medicated process. (Holland sends Medivacs to park outside the birthing woman’s home in case emergency interventions are needed.) In the US responsible women are expected to submit to the medical traditions in vogue at the hospital of their choice. Sometimes the medical model of birth saves precious lives… Often it creates unnecessary complications ( rising C section rate, premature inductions ) In Africa, the shortage of Dr.’s and obstetrical nurses is causing the unnecessary deaths of many mothers and infants. Sigh… oh for a little balance.