I've never really written specifically about this issue, but I've glanced across it in other posts and it pops up from time to time in the comment threads. I thought it might be time I shared my thoughts in a topic-specific post. I'll start with the summation and then get into the qualifiers...
I don't have any problem with women choosing to have their children at home...
(now for the qualifiers)
IF...every precaution is taken to insure the health and safety of both mother and child.
IF...a qualified mid-wife is involved in the process.
IF...the woman is willing to go to the hospital if the delivery becomes problematic, unwilling to needlessly "give her life for her child", because that's just ignorant.
IF...religion has no part in the decision to do so.
My ex was very ignorantly adamant about home childbirth (for all the wrong reasons). My philosophy was "don't make immediate concrete plans for future fluid situations". It isn't terribly wise to set plans in stone when you have no idea what the circumstances and ancillary issues will look like when the time actually comes to implement the plans.
Her: I prefer home childbirth. That's what I want for our babies.
Me: (knowing she had no clue what she was talking about, but was just parroting) Ummm, ok. I prefer you and our babies to be healthy, so let's cross that bridge when we come to it.
Her: Home childbirth is the best way.
Me: Why do you believe that?
Her: Well...it's just better. I don't want to have my children in a hospital.
Me: How do you know it's better? What's that based on?
These ideas had either been poured into her directly by her parents and their like-minded, fundamentalist fear-driven friends, or through the filtered literature and education she received at their hands. She was just a mouthpiece for the ideas of others in the same way the people of The People's Temple and Jonestown were a mouthpiece for Jim Jones. No mind and will of her own on the subject. No set of undiluted or manipulation-free facts upon which to base her "decision". Her "desire" to birth her children at home was a religious thing, her indoctrination coming to the forefront. It was just one of the countless ideas placed on religious pedestals by the Christian homeschooling movement (or elements thereof) and reinforced in her by her parents and circle.
Her father thought all of these bizarre ideas made them the "peculiar" people spoken of the KJV translation of 1st Peter 2:9. That poor translation is yet another reason to dig up the bones of King Jimmy and kick the crap out of them. The Greek phrase there doesn't mean "peculiar" as in "weird". Neither word is even close. It means "purchased by God". Most of the other translations have a more accurate rendering of that passage.
An outright effort was made to be this "peculiar people". It made MFFFIL peculiar alright, as well as creepy, as well as ignorant, as well as a religious ass. Frankly, he was (and most likely still is) just an ass, religious or not. He was so poisoned by the Kool-aid that he wanted his children to be the same religious asses that he is. Any strain of "faith" or religion that requires you to check your brain at the door is toxic. Theirs was, and is, toxic.
Outside of the Christian homeschooling world, some other strains of fundamentalist religion (Christian or otherwise), and secular counter-culturalism, home childbirth isn't very common or popular among people with access to professional medical care. Outside of a couple of relatives in my extended family who are pretty fundamentalist pentecostals, I don't really know of any other home childbirths in my world post-1950. It just isn't a terribly common choice. My advice to Christians who prefer it: Examine thoroughly and make sure that traces of previous indoctrinations aren't contributing to your desire. If they aren't, and the qualifiers I made earlier are being met, I support you 100%. If those qualifiers aren't being met, and any strain of fundamentalist religion (or religion, period) is coloring your decision, I think you're just as reckless and irresponsible as the QFers.
It's your choice. My opinion about it is my choice. Just be responsible.
I want you and your baby to be healthy.