Disagreement about the superior methods of childbirth rage in many circles, including between mothers deciding what is best in their specific case. This is perhaps most vivid in discussions about births at home or births in the hospitals. Some prefer a natural birth in a non-medical setting, while others argue that hospitals are the only setting for these situations.
It is sometimes confusing to understand how these decisions play into potential medical malpractice or negligence cases in the event that problems develop. At the end of the day, the law is flexible in that compensation may be demanded in all cases where basic standards of care are not followed. Reasonable protocols exist in all setting–from hospitals to home births–and those involved are required to follow those standards.
In other words, no one can say for certain what is the best option for each individual family. But is is still important to understand possible risks of each option. Every day more information is released as researchers learn more about how certain childbirth options affect mothers and children. For example, just this week Medical Express published a story on study on the safety of vaginal birth in pre-term infants.