Things have changed a lot in the last 30 years, too. These days, more women are getting educated, and doctors are going away from a lot of the old "standard procedures" that made things easier for the doctor, such as enemas, shaving, and routine episiotomies. Midwives are in more and more hospitals (I'm a midwifery student, so I know a thing or two about modern birth), and home births are on the rebound, particularly in more liberal states like California. The story is truly shocking, and it's really scary how high the cesarean rate is in the US (as well as the infant mortality rate- we're in line with many third world countries thanks to all of our interventions), however, the homing devices are fiction. There are still many unnecessary cesareans performed every day (remember, obstetricians are SURGEONS), which increases risks of all sorts of problems, including incision infection, difficulty breastfeeding and increased PPD.
at 4:22 AM on Sep. 8, 2010