"The large and growing body of literature that continues to show that planned home birth with qualified and experienced midwives holds no greater risk of perinatal mortality than birth in the hospital, and in fact results in far fewer interventions and lower risk of maternal and perinatal morbidity."
Often birth choices are simply described in terms of whatever the mother wants. What about what's best for the baby? There is much to indicate that natural childbirth tends to be best for baby as well.
Study on water birth, including VBAC's. Results show clear medical benefits, including significantly shorter labors and fewer requests for pain relievers. Water birth shown to be safe, with no higher risk for infection.