After a horrible hospital birth with my first, I researched and UC felt the most comfortable to me. I wanted to be more in control of things and felt that it would only be possible with a UC. I sadly didn't manage to get my UC the second time due to my living situation but then ended up with an even worse hospital experience in Romania.
So, now I'm even more determine to UC. Nothing can drag me through any hospital doors unless I feel my child or I are in danger that can only be helped by going to the hospital. Thankfully that is very rare so I'm pretty confident things will go well.
I wish they still had stickied those resources that were up back with the old message board format but they don't.
The book "Emergency Childbirth" has a bunch of info.
I also like Heart and Hands - lots of good info there though I'm turned off by the naked women and the few parts explaining how to be supportive of a Lesbian couple. If you ignore those parts, the rest is quite good. Just wouldn't ever let my kids read that book.
There's also a PDF I have linked to in a previous and somewhat recent thread that has the short version of how to handle emergencies and there are tons of threads with recommendations on what type of supplies you may like to have on hand, etc.
There's also another thread out there with information on how to get the birth certificate. Most of the time you'll just need to fill out some information for vital statistics, but, it's nice to have an idea ahead of time.
If you can use the search features on the forum - you'll be able to find stuff a bit easier I think. Hopefully that helps some. I truly believe UC is one of the safest ways to give birth if you are healthy and haven't had any serious complications.
The negative of having a midwife, is they have to follow some required recommendations for monitoring mom and baby and they may interfere more and make you feel more pressure to do as they say instead of follow what you have learned and what you feel is best in the moment. I am not completely against a midwife being there, just think it'd be nicer without one, personally.
Also, $3-4000 is a lot of money and the typical cost I've seen for a homebirth midwife. That's just not in my price range and they can't do a lot more than what you can do on your own, if you've done your research. If something serious pops up, they need to have you transfered just the same and you may be looking at hospital expenses and midwife expenses in that case.
I prefer that someone is with me during my labor and birth - I would not be as open to solo-UC, though I don't judge anyone that does it that way. My personal comfort is that it is good to at least have someone there who can call for help or give you help if something does go wrong. That's why I'm going to have my hubby review a few bits of material that will help him in accessing the situation and help him to be useful in case of an emergency.