Hospital birth with CNM. Midwife is supportive of a hospital waterbirth if I can convince the head OB/GYN to let me bring in my own pool. They have jetted tubs but I can't bare the thought of trying to move around in a BATHTUB while laboring.
My mom is a retired midwife so we are catching a lot of flack from friends and family for the hospital birth but it's our only option besides unassisted. We are 40+ minutes from another hospital, more from a birthcenter, and there are no in-home midwives in our area and in January there will be snowy mountain passes between us and anywhere besides the local hospital. The only OB in town is a prick but last year he hired a CNM in his office who is amazing!
Our apartment is too tiny for all the people that will be there. Mom lives out of state now and may not even be here when the baby comes but my 2 sisters will be there, plus DH and our 2nd story studio apt can't handle a full birth pool plus 4-5 adults.... and I'm not comfortable trying an unassisted with my first baby, not to mention DH would have a heart attack if I even mentioned it.
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to share.....