You know, it really depends on the emergency...
United and St. Joe's are about 1 mile away from each other. St. Joe's does have a NICU, but if there were to be a severe problem with the baby, they would transfer (St. Joe's would) the baby to Children's, which is connected to United. They have an amazing NICU there. If you were to have an emergency transfer for the mother, St. Joe's would be better as you would get better care.
The chance of you transferring for an emergency is very small, as most things are very easily handled at home. Transfers most often happen for non-emergency reasons (hydration, true maternal exhaustion, pain managment) and there is time to get to a more mother friendly hospital, which is why St. Joe's is the "best" hospital to transfer to.
I think that it is a great idea to interview more then one midwife. There are a lot of amazing women called to midwifery and there are many types of homebirth midwives here in Minnesota. We do have very traditional hands off midwives, all the way up to midwives who will break a bag of waters. There are women who want all different types, and they are all available.
Gail Tully (Trillium) along with Claire and Emme are a group of midwives (depending on whether or not you want to have three there...) and are fabulous! Gail is the midwife who works a lot with OFP (www.spinningbabies.com
) Nicky Kerrigan and Rebecca are fantastic and hands off as well. Jeanne Bazille is definately one of the most traditional midwives and is very woman led and supports women where they are at, from completely involved to completely hands off. I haven't attended a birth with Kim and Laura, but have heard amazing things about them as well.
We are very blessed to have many amazing midwives! You can check them all out at the Minnesota Familes for Midwifery website.