Good day, Mamas!
First, a little bit of background: I'm writing from a remote rural community in Canada's Yukon. While there is no midwife in my community, I've been seeing one in the capital city, Whitehorse, a 5 hour drive away. Our original plan was to head down there about a week before I'm "due", stay in a friend's home, and give birth there. This is standard practice here (except that most families choose hospital births rather than home). My midwife, however, told us from the beginning that she is willing to come to our home. Basically we would call her as soon as labour began, and she would start driving. Here in my community there is only a basic health center. In case of emergency, I would need to be sent by air to Whitehorse. This is my second child, the first was born in Whitehorse after about 20 hours of prodromal labour, 2 or 3 hours of strong labour, and maybe an hour of pushing. My husband is not comfortable with us being so far from emergency services, but I really love the idea of having my baby in my own home, with my friends around to support me if needed. We don't know many people in Whitehorse...it feels a bit like an exile, having to go down there and wait for a baby. I called it my confinement last time around!
I guess I'm coming to you all today looking for any similar experiences with homebirth in a rural setting, particularly if it was remote from emergency medical services. What is your opinion? Would you consider it to be too great a risk? I realize that ultimately this is a question my husband, my midwife and myself must answer, but I'm curious.
Thank you so much for any input you might be able to share with me!