I had a homebirth-turned-hospital birth. We wanted to be at home, but my water broke and my midwife had to transfer my care after 24 hours of ruptured membranes (state law). Once I got to the hospital, they wouldn't let me get out of bed and I had IVs and monitors all over the place. I couldn't handle the pain lying flat on my back, so I opted for the epidural. Not my first choice, but it was really hard at the hospital. Since I didn't plan on being there, I had no idea how to cope. My daughter was born pretty easily about 6 hours after we got there, so it all ended well.
I had a similar experience to you, OP. I had 4 friends seeing the same midwives around the same time I was due. All of them ended up transferring to the hospital, two had C-sections, one had vacuum. It seemed like a really odd coincidence, and definitely made me wonder.
I just hope it goes smoother this time around!
First off, I want to say I'm sorry that you didn't have the homebirth you had hoped for. Ultimately, it's so good that your daughter was born easily and all ended well.
I have a question - what state were you in? I had a very similar situation to you in that my water broker before labor started, and at 24 hrs my midwife informed me that we were past 24 hrs and that in order to continue at home I would need to sign a waiver. Which I did. 4 hours after the 24 hour mark DS was born at home. I was living in California at the time. This is slightly OT but - does anyone know if the ruptured membranes 24 hour law is common in a lot of states? If this is too off topic I will edit and remove.