Home birth professionals in New York City have been struck, several said, by the fact that the increase is coming not so much from the dyed-in-the-wool back-to-nature types as from professionals like lawyers and bankers. “People who wouldn’t naturally self-select for home birth are coming in and getting very open-minded,” said Cara Muhlhahn, a certified nurse midwife who has had a home-birth practice for 17 years and is now fully booked six months in advance.The fact that the New York Times is running this article seems to indicate that homebirths are, indeed, becoming somewhat more mainstream.
The article does present both sides of the issue pretty clearly and fairly, as any good piece of journalistic reporting should. And, if you want to chime in with your own 2 cents worth, you can comment on the article here. I considered commenting, but when I looked there were over 400 comments. Uh, no thanks.
However, I would encourage you to at least watch this beautiful slideshow that is also connected to the article. The images are lovely and the commentary intriguing.