WOW! I am loving hearing all these snippets of your HB experiences. I have to say one of reasons I'm so excited to be pg again is to have a HB. I've had 4 hospital births (inductions, pitocin, 1 episiotomy, 1 forceps, internal monitoring, external monitoring, 4 epidurals flat-on-back hospital bed deliveries with timed pushing.
I would love nothing more than the chance to do the exact oppositve of all that. I would love to be in my own bed when it's all done and sleep with my baby next to me, not in a plastic box next to my bed. I'd be so happy NOT to have nurses coming in ever 20 minutes and waking me and a baby up to "check us". I'd be delighted to eat my own food whenever I want to. I be thrilled to avoid any and all unnecessary intervention. With the going rate of c-sections in the US and 4 vaginal births so far, I'm sure in the hospital's eyes, I'm over due for my c-section!
My DH and I watched the Ricki Lake movie and less than 1/2 way through it we were hooked on the idea of a HB if we were to get pregnant again. When those statistics are presented to you, how can you NOT be?
We have a brand new master bedroom and master bathroom suite (that my DH singly handedly build from the ground up) and I would LOVE to have the memory of labor and delivery in OUR space.
Thanks sharing everyone - very powerful words!