Informed consent is a term often used by medical personel and is defined as:
“Consent given with full knowledge of the risks involved, probable consequences, and the alternatives.”
A truly informed client would not only have a deep understanding of the benefits of midwifery, but would also fully understand the "risks", and "probable consequences". If a potential midwife tells you how wonderful and safe homebirth can be, but does not specifically explain the real, and specific risks invovled, then you would be best served to find another midwife because she is not fully informing you with integrity. Appreciating the beauty of birth, does not mean we ignore the real and present complications that very possibly come along with it, and/or have a realisitic plan for every possible emergency.
In the State of MI, there are no laws that specify what a midwife does or does not have to tell you as part of her "informed consent". Each midwife makes up her own version of what she considers "informing" her clients. An individual midwife's "informed consent" varies widely and is heavily influenced by her personal philosophies about birth.
For Further Reading...
What We’re Seeking: Informed Consent
The Freedom to be Fully Informed