I've been trying very hard to understand why home births have become a feminist cause. Don't get me wrong, I believe that if women want to give birth at home (or anywhere else), they should have that right. Having a variety of choices is always a good thing. I would be eager to defend women's right to choose to have a home birth or a hospital birth or a scheduled C-section.
What I don't get, though, is why it's now considered to be a feminist and a progressive thing to advocate home births as one of THE feminist causes par excellence. I'd say that home births are a rather patriarchal choice (albeit, a legitimate one). The idea that things that pertain to women should be relegated to the home is hardly a progressive one. You need to do your female thing, such as give birth, breastfeed, or menstruate? Go hide at home because public spaces are reserved for really important things. Home births exclude women from all the possibilities of modern medicine, as if women were some kind of second-class citizens. They are also pretty dangerous. (Dr. Amy Tuteur gives a lot of data on that in her great blog.)
People have tried to explain to me that the feminist desire to avoid hospital births is motivated by women's distrust of patriarchal medical institutions. Hiding from these institutions in your home, however, does not seem like a very feminist solution to me. It would equal removing ourselves from politics, for example, since the political world is male-dominated and patriarchal. Of course, we should work to make the field of medical care more women-friendly.