Is there anyone here who has done a rural homebirth? My husband works in agriculture and if all goes well (and I get pregnant in December when I visit him. We're currently living in different states for our respective jobs) I'll be with him in Montana when I give birth. I'd really prefer to have a homebirth but the ranch where we live is very remote and it makes me nervous. We're 20 minutes to a clinic with a helipad and an little bit over an hour to a hospital (Great Falls). My mother died during childbirth (and was thankfully revived) but she was very close to not making it. The baby, my sister, was born with a lot of brain damage -- it was placenta abrevia. I'd prefer to avoid a hospital but I don't want to take extraordinary risks. I'm nervous about being so far from a hospital in case something goes wrong.
I'd love to be somewhere like the Bozeman Birth Center but we're nowhere near Bozeman and there are really no options other than home or hospital for us.
Has anyone had experience with having a homebirth in a really rural area where a quick hospital transfer isn't an option? I'd love to hear what other people have done in this situation. Thanks everyone!
(PS I have also considered going to stay with my Aunt in San Francisco for my last month of pregnancy because I'm so nervous about giving birth in a rural area. However, this would mean my husband couldn't be there and I know this would make him really sad...)