I feel like I am not in the most ideal birthing situation, but it could be worse :)
I will be giving birth in January in a pretty snowy climate. I have had two homebirths which went well and were pretty quick (ds1- four hours active labor, ds2- two hours of active labor).
We have recently moved back to this area from out of the country and won't have our own home in time for the birth. We are currently staying with my parents.
So, here are my three choices:
1) Birth here at my parent's home where I'm staying. My parents seem fine with it (in fact mom is excited) and would totally stay hidden in their bedroom if I asked. It would also be easy for them to take care of our two boys if needed. Downside....we live a 30 minute drive from the nearest hospital. We live out in the country and, while it is plowed pretty regularly, the roads are not always perfect for driving if there has just been a big snow or lots of drifting. However, there could be snow or not- it just all depends on timing. My Dad does have a four wheel drive truck, which could be helpful if the midwife can't get in from the highway or something.
2) Bith at my friend's house up in town, which would be a 25 minute drive for us. Obviously this would be close to a hospital. She would let us use her basement which is finished and we could have as much privacy as we liked. She also does homebirths and is very supportive. Obviously, it would be massively annoying to leave home and have to drive there while in labor. Not to mention coming back home the next day.
3) Rent some sort of short term rental apartment up in town for the months of December and January and live and give birth there. Move back to my parents in February. This choice is obviously the most expensive and also moving to and from there would be bothersome.
I don't think any choice is the perfect choice, but I'd love to hear some opinions!