I’m working on an article for RH Reality Check about the lack of class perspective in the home birth debate. It seems to me that much of the discussion about home birth (and other alternative birth options) are framed in the terms of consumer choice, which doesn’t take into consideration those who can’t make that choice, or don’t have that option (for reasons of insurance, money, providers, home environment,etc). I wrote about this a while back when the NYTimes had that story about home birth that seemed to only feature wealthy white women in NYC.
I’m looking for doulas, midwives and other birth advocates/activists who have experience with home birth and thoughts on this issue.
Please email me at RadicaldoulaATgmailDOTcom.