I am choosing home birth because, given my personal health history and the current medical field, its statistically the safest option for my baby and myself. Even the hospitals I worked with have produced research showing how negative certain (for my situation, required) interventions are for birth, and I just don't want to have to fight for my baby's health during labor. My mom literally never dilated until she got an epi (for one baby it was three days into labor before she was even offered it!), and her birth stories always rate nurses near the world's finest waitresses, there if you want them and gone when you want them gone. I have every respect for OBs, and if I could labor safely with one, I would.
For DD, I had a great OB and a nice birth plan. The only thing I completely didn't want was a C-Section, everything else I knew I might need so I was open to it if the natural process was not working right. Then we show up at the hospital, completely great labor, about to pushing, but DD is breech. The nurse lies to us, keeps me away from DH, tell me not to move for the baby's sake, and then waits until I'm in pain to ask if I want an epi. I say yes, she says I can't have one unless I sign the CS papers. The first nurse moved on but every subsequent nurse saw what she had written on the chart and treated me the same way, insisting I was going to be kicked out if I didn't sign, they aren't trained to do vaginal breech births its an emergency, etc. I signed the papers (which, I don't regret, it would be completely unsafe to have a breech baby with that lot standing by), I get the CS, and the lies kept coming. They told me to take the full dose of osytocin so I would heal better, and that my inability to produce milk at 12 hours meant BF would fail. I was told that if they couldn't successfully help me latch the baby, it was time to give up. I knew the vast majority of this was inaccurate and once my narcotic supply ran out (the OB on call, thankfully, said no to a refill) and I could think again, I was furious. Angry at myself for being duped (and drugged, since I had no idea that oxytocin was for anything other than healing my scar), and angry at the many faceless people who were supposed to care for me and my baby but didn't, and angry at an educational system that left my OB completely useless in the face of a simple yet uncommon baby position. I could not believe that a nurse in this century would behave this way, I wouldn't have believed it if someone else had told me the story.
That said, I still wanted a hospital birth for this baby. But, now that I have that little "healthy mom healthy baby" CS on my charts, any hospital insists I have certain things done during labor that I just don't need done, essentially because VBAC still up in the air as far as liability and paperwork. I literally looked at five hospitals trying to find one would would agree to a birth plan that didn't start with interventions unless they are needed. I'm open to having all the needles, but too many health factors to list make me a very low risk pregnant lady. I'm going with home birth because, statistically, I'm most likely to have a healthy but not entirely normal birth. Sadly, OBs are no longer trained outside of a very narrow definition of normal birth, and should a small variation in labor arise, they'd be useless. A home birth midwife has more training in normal variations of birth, and, if it goes outside of normal, the hospital is easily within the ACOG's recommended 30 minute range for emergency CS. I guess I see home birth as being what my mom had for her births: everybody leave me alone unless I want you, I'll just have to come get you if I need you.