I did not have a homebirth, but had my son at a very low tech birth center staffed by cpm's, with the exact same care and setting I would have recieved at a home birth. I transfered to the hospital 4 hours PP due to atonic bladder and retained placenta. The midwives were not able to cath me, and I was not going to allow anyone to shove their hand into my uterus without pain meds and antibiotics!
My transfer experience sucked bad- they were slow to make a decision to transfer, we had to go to the er and wait for 2 hrs, we had to wait one hour after that for an ob to come in, I was seperated from my baby for 6 hours (poor husband had to take him home, hours old, by himself, after no sleep).
In the end the ob I saw was caring, efficient, professional, and the nurses were also great. After the issues were resolved and I was getting my abx drip I got the only sleep I had had or was to get for the next 48 hours.
In light of that experience, I realized how pointless the "15 min from the hospital" guidelines seemed. What if I had needed to transfer with PPH, or a stuck baby, or a severly depressed or damaged newborn????
I have decided that if I have another baby, I will carefully research care providers, and choose a hospital birth. Iv to me is no big deal, monitoring- whatever, it's not like I did much other than lean against the wall the first time around; no food- haha, they kept trying to force me to eat while I was in labor and I finally puked on them; also, after I had ds I just wanted to be left alone for a few and get my stuff back together, but they wouldn't take the baby off of me!!! I asked and they said "oh no, he needs you to keep warm, you need to nurse him, you need to bond, yadda yadda yadda. I just wanted to close my eyes and mentally recover for an hour or so, why the heck couldn't they take him, wrap him up, wash the blood off of him, hold him, and let me have the last moment of peace I was going to have for the next 20 years?