The problem with these threads is too many people get defensive and treat things as though everything is black and white. As has been mentioned above there are good and bad in all professions including midwives & obstetricians. The key is finding a care provider YOU are comfortable with. I am going to a private hospital with an obstetrician. My ob is very pro natural vaginal birth, he will not induce or request caesareans unless it's medically necessary, he will not make decisions without discussing them with me and my DH and is encouraging a drug free birth. My previous gyno/obstetrician is the opposite and much more expensive. I've also had a negative experience in a public hospital many years ago with my last baby but I'm fully aware that not all public hospitals are the same and the next person might have a great experience. Whilst home birth is not for me it's not my place to tell someone what they should and shouldn't do. If people were a little more open minded instead of attacking each other maybe we could all learn from each others experiences.