I have had a hospital birth &  a birth center birth, and I definately preferred the birth center birth. I  had a mid wife deliver both places, but loved having the tub, a full big room to walk around in during labor, a kitchen for afterwards, and being discharged after 9 hours. They did the first visit after birth at our home which I also loved. We are in a university town so the hospital was close by if needed. I had a very serious tear and almost had to be transported...