I'm having what I call a "homebirth away from home", as it's illegal for a trained attendant to attend a homebirth in my state.
So we'll be driving 15 minutes across the state line to a rented house. The house supposedly has a *really* nice tub that is really big and great for birthing in. I can't wait to see it! We are determined to get me in the water this time... unless I have an insanely short labor like 30-45 minutes.
I use a CPM, and have for all 3 pregnancies. My first pregnancy ended up being a preterm hospital birth, due to PPROM. But second pregnancy was successful "homebirth away from home", and it was awesome.
: Even my skeptical DH now believes strongly in out-of-hospital birth, having experienced both.
I do see an OB in tandem with my CPM, just because of my preterm history. IF I end up at a hospital preterm again, I want this particular OB, NOT the teaching group that I got stuck with last time. The residents were great, but the attendings, not so much. I didn't do any u/s in my first pregnancy, but 2nd and 3rd pregnancies I have/am doing two u/s. I've done my research and am comfortable with it, but I also completely understand the choice not to as well, as I've been there before too.
So I'm cool with whatever someone chooses there! I do skip the GTT (I test a few times with a glucometer, since my dad is diabetic), and if I make it far enough to be offered the GBS test, I'll skip that too. And I skip the AFP/quadscreen test. I also make it a point to keep my pants on at all OB appts, except the dating u/s. So no dilation checks at end of pregnancy. My OB is very patient with women like me, although we haven't had the GBS discussion yet. Last time, I gave birth before the test was offered. I think he would have done it at the 37 week appt, and I delivered at 36w6d.
But I have some good reasoning to not do the test (basically, we wouldn't be able to get abx in me unless we induced and started the abx before induction... I don't necessarily labor for the 4 hours needed! And that induction would probably have to happen preterm because I've never made it to 37 weeks). Knowing my GBS status simply would not change anything about my labor/birth and watching out for infection in baby.
Seeing an OB and CPM in tandem, I can really say that OB appts are boring and useless, and CPM appts are so awesome. Love my OB, but really, I could do all that at home, and my CPM is usually better at figuring out remedies to pregnancy ailments, whereas an OB will just say "Sorry, I can't do anything about that".