I'm a midwife. I study low risk women all day, I know normal and this allows me to pick up abnormal quite quickly. This article speaks what midwives before me having be saying since the evolution of hospital births. When those try to oppose this historical fact, its nice to have reporters, and researchers that remind us how very wrong they are.
"Oft quoted research studies state 3X to 10X more babies die in the first week after low risk homebirth than hospital birth. In order for low risk homebirth to have higher perinatal mortality rates there would have to be a theory to explain this. There would have to be one or more complications of low risk homebirths that result in death in the first week that can be prevented by being in hospital, and death from these complications would have to occur more often than low risk deaths at planned hospital births."