--no other kiddos or people I need to think about (I don't "care" what the hospital staff think of me and I'll probably never see them again, and I don't "care" about the mess I might make in the birth suite)
--jacuzzi tub and unlimited hot water, also a/c (my home is a small cabin with a shower stall, a well, and a window a/c unit... not exactly luxury!)
unlimited supplies and staff (my births have ranged from ~4 hours to ~32 hours and it's nice to have "fresh people" around during a really long birth)
--no inhibitions (I know this is sort of the opposite of many women, but I actually find the "neutral" atmosphere of a hospital relaxing and I have no problems with semi-public nudity or with making a LOT of noise in such a setting. At home I have expectations of what I should do/who I should be/how I should respond but in a hospital? I can do whatever I want!)
--yes, a midwife should clean up and prep a meal, but at the hospital that cleanup/meal service lasts longer (and I have no qualms about ringing for the nurse at 3am to clean my sheets or fetch a sandwich, like I would if I was waking dh or "imposing" on a friend/midwife)
--the freedom to focus on my new babe (no other kiddos or visitors, no overhearing the family routines/smelling food cooking/feeling responsible for home chores, 24/7 support of me and the babe without strings attached... meaning, the nurse isn't going to show up at my home two weeks later and "remind" me about that 3am sandwich before asking if I could watch her pets for the weekend lol)
--that a/c and unlimited hot water thing again! Also the unlimited clean towels, unlimited mesh panties/pads/chux pads, unlimited time to shower or use the toilet or take a sitz bath, etc. I know some mamas really hate being interupted by hospital staff/routines but compared to my kiddos the hospital is nothing! I've never had a nurse want to sit on my lap while I used the toilet, or demand that I get out of the shower right now to settle a dispute over a toy, or fall asleep next to me before wetting the bed and screaming loud enough to wake the dead (let alone the new babe at the breast). It's nearly heaven! lol
I know many women experience birth as a rite of passage/change of being no matter where or how that birth happens but I like the actual, physical, journey that hospital birth provides. Labor begins, I go physically to a different/birth specific spot with attendants and rituals specific to that time/place, and then afterwards I return home with a new baby and as a new being. While this journey happens in every birth I want/need/enjoy making it an explicitely physical journey/passage as well as a personal/spiritual passage. I need to go away and come back different and the hospital provides that. Kind of like a wedding... you could have a minister and a witness in the living room or a destination wedding with a hundred guests. Both are valid and have the same end result, but they each honor the journey/transformation in different ways.