One danger of the alternative birth practices is that it can place local medical facilities in legal jeopardy. We had to stop all obstetric services at our rural hospital because of a thriving midwife practice among the local Amish that landed two late-term problematic pregnancies in the hospital's lap.
I don't recall the details, but apparently there is a legal line between providing emergency services only versus basic obstetric care. After the two incidents, the insurer made the hospital limit care to "stabilize and transport" only to the city hospitals 70 miles away. Not a good outcome for anyone. One heroic doctor almost lost her licence over it, trying unsuccessfully to save a baby from a mother she had only seen
In the last week of pregnancy.