Ah, so much encouragement here! I'm planning a homebirth for my first and really don't know anyone else who has done it; out of my close friends, most births have been cesareans, several elective. (These are healthy women in late 20s to early 30s--and they are letting doctors tell them they can't birth? Really?) I haven't shared a whole lot with them yet about our plans, and am a bit leery of saying much until it's all over. I've been reading so much great (and horrifying!) information since we got connected to our midwife; I feel like my mind and opinions are expanding faster than my midsection :).
When we found out we were expecting (surprise!), I knew I wanted a midwife, but didn't know anything else. Turns out where I live if you want a midwife, you have to have a homebirth--no midwives in hospitals here. Sooo . . . we went with it, made the decision to homebirth, and kind of let our minds catch up over time. (It helps that the midwife we picked has satisfying answers to all our questions, no red flags.) And I'm totally convinced now that this is the best thing. Best for baby + best for mama, same thing.
Not sure about who to have at the birth, since I've never done it--I wouldn't mind my mom being here if that works out, but I'm not sure how much support I'll want or need. For the placenta, let's just say that we're taking it one step at a time; okay, I haven't actually looked into options yet. It's interesting and helpful to read everyone else's plans!
As far as support goes, my husband's side of the family is surprisingly on board with it! We told his mom we were planning a home birth, and her eyes lit up and she clasped her hands and said she'd always wanted to have one herself (illegal where they live) and was so excited for us! So that was nice. (Coincidentally, they know a family with 11 kids who were all born healthy at home, illegally :) My mom supports our decision, and I think she trusts God and us enough to be okay with it--we'll see if we can make a convert of her. Some other family members are not being told details just yet!