First of all, I am NOT posting this to point fingers at anyone, or to judge anyone's preferences. I am simply posting as I feel my A16 ladies should be fully informed about the latest scientific evidence about birthing choices.
Of note, the New England Journal of Medicine is the most respected and highest impact journal in Medicine. Only about 1% of Science is accepted there, and understood to be he best medical science. They are very strict with what they publish.
To summarize: in an epidemiological study, authors compared outcomes from planned at-home births to planned in-hospital births. Although rates of vaginal delivery were higher with home births, rates of perinatal mortality (read: baby's death around the time of delivery) were higher among those who had a planned at-home birth. The odds ratio for perinatal mortality for home births was 2.43. Translating: babies born from planned at-home deliveries were 143% more likely to die around the time of birth than babies born from planned hospital deliveries.
As we all approach our due dates, I though you may want to know and reflect upon the latest data on the field.