We are facing a national women’s crisis, and nobody’s willing to do anything about it. Is it because the operative word here is “women”? Because that’s what it feels like. In the US, the vast majority of women don’t have a choice as to where they are going to give birth because of the widespread belief among medical professionals and policy-makers in the US that only hospital births are safe. In reality, traditional, out-of-hospital settings, such as freestanding birth centers and home births, have been proven safer and cheaper for low-risk, healthy pregnant women. Countries with socialized medicine know this and are actively recommending it because healthy women having healthy babies in hospitals are a strain on their system, as they know it leads them to more unnecessary, costly interventions.