I'm mighty confused. From her blogpost:
the mother's experience, her doctor's opinions, her midwife's opinions, her husband's participation, whether or not she uses drugs, whether or not she uses technology, etc etc -- all of this is completely irrelevant to whether she has a healthy baby or not.
I actually found ALL those points totally Relevant to the kids healthy birth. I needed every one of those points in different orders and back again, round and round we went, to stay focussed and in control.
Having never given birth disallows opinions? Well I had never given birth before, and I had a lot of opinions during my pregnancy.
AMA - patriarchal arrogance go hand in hand. The studies I've read are really too small, but so far they've all come out 50/50, just as safe at home with a backup plan for emerg. Just to add, in H I gave a list of DO NOT's and DO's, one do not was ignored without even a verbal warning, oh we're going to do this even tho it's on your do not list.