I have my first midwife appointment in a week or so (I got one late), so of course I'll discuss this with her too, but I wanted to get some idea of your experiences with homebirths!
My first DD was born in a hospital after 6h of labour, absolutely no complications. It was totally by the book, really (frankly) easy. I had a couple of tears that bled a lot, but they healed just fine. This time around I am 21/22 weeks and everything is going perfectly once again. I'm starting to consider having a homebirth, especially since we live a fair distance from the nearest hospital and don't have a car (we take public transit in Toronto). I worry a little that I'll go into labour and not even have enough time to make it to the hospital.
So I don't have any health/comfort concerns, but I have (and I know this sounds silly...) HOUSEKEEPING concerns! I'm a terrible housekeeper and my DH is useless at these kinds of things. Our place is also pretty small and cramped (there are bookshelves and books absolutely everywhere you look/stand). I don't want to have the additional stress of having to make my house/birthing area spotless in the week before I give birth. And what about afterwards?! My DH isn't going to clean up after a birth - he absolutely doesn't have the stomach for that. Last time around I pooped a lot during labour too - what a mess for my spare bedroom...
How did you guys handle your homebirths logistically? Are you all just better housekeepers than me? I've always ruled out homebirths strictly because I didn't feel my space was "nice" enough, but now the trek to the hospital just seems tiring and unnecessary. If I can just do this at home hassle-free, it'd be awfully nice.