We may be moving to a place without any midwives to serve the area. Our first was born in the hospital, our second at home with a mw, both by natural, long (38h and 28h), but uncomplicated births. DH and I are very well-informed about birth and complications and very personal responsibility oriented. But with both when things got extremely intense it was good to have someone more experienced checking and saying things were going fine. If DH does get this promotion 6hrs away I have 3 homebirth options:
1: Stay here where my midwife is and have him move away from us for a while, have him drive back for visits and when I go into labor.
2: Move there and hire the 2 hour away midwife, if she'll take me (but paying oop for prenatal visits with one then full cost with another will get steep and she might miss it anyway).
3: UC there
As small a town as the place there is, there is still a hospital with maternity care not too far off so a transfer would be possible in case of emergency, but I transferred with my first just due to long labor and an urge to push at 4cm and not feeling sure of ourselves. But that time I was seeing an OB and pretending to them that hospital was the main plan anyway. Maybe just having had 2 babies before, and having our own doppler and fetascope and practicing hypnobabies could get me past those kinds of mental barriers.
Another concern is family pressure, a part of our family is against hiring anyone who technically would practice illegally to help us, which is the case both here and there. So although UC may not be their first choice for us they insist hiring illegal midwives is immoral. Personally if laws are stupid and actually harmful I'm happy to ignore them.