I didn't, but I was initially planning
a homebirth in Egypt. I thought that as a still pretty common practice it would go over well enough, culturally speaking. I did find a few things though: first, homebirth was popularly considered low-class and dangerous. Given access to hospital births, it was more than just assumed I would make use of them -- I know that sounds like the U.S. too, but the difference being that homebirth is still pretty common among poor populations, so there's more of an immediate, current class war issue going on with that. People take active pride in their ability to afford what is perceived as better -- I met much more resistance to the homebirth idea in Egypt than even in the U.S. as a result.
Second, midwifery is a lay occupation held primarily by older, uneducated women. The upside being that they do tend to be experienced with what they do. The downside being that I really would not have been able to work with them to achieve the birth experience I wanted. Lack of lingual fluency and different ideas about what a midwife does during a normal birth worked out to be problems for me. The doctors I had access to would not attend homebirths, and didn't have much better views about mother-led birthing anyway. And I was not comfortable at all with the midwives I met in terms of if it did not work out to be a normal birth.
Honestly, had there not been cause for me to come back to the U.S. for other reasons, I still don't know what I would have done.
I wasn't comfortable going unassisted for my first child; were it to come up again, though, I would almost certainly do an unassisted homebirth. The hospital cleanliness situation ... let's just say I was not thrilled.
On a plus side, though, while cesareans are also increasingly popular, I've never heard of being refused a VBAC by a doctor. My SIL was facing some pressure for a repeat cesarean, for example, but only because the second would have been only about a year after the first, and the baby was breech. She got her VBAC anyway -- it was totally her call to make.