It was a bit scary having to sign that "Against Medical Advice" document to leave the hospital, but bot as scary as being there! I went in not because anything was wrong, but because my midwives insisted I go for a non-stress test as I was over 41 weeks, despite the fact that I was 4-5 cm dilated and having painful contractions. I still wanted a homebirth with midwives, so I complied even though I thought it was ridiculous (I was also annoyed b/c I felt I was being pressured to have the baby within a certain amount of time even though I felt I should be able to let him come when ready - I was also pretty much done with midwives as I was with another group who had a backup doctor who, without ever meeting me, insisted I have a hospital birth because I gained "too much" weight and it would be a big baby - he was less than 7 lbs!).
When I got to the hospital they wanted to keep me before I even checked in simply because they don't "allow" anyone to go over 41 weeks. Ugh. They made me lay flat on my back on a little table for an hour even though I was having very painful back labor. They wouldn't even give me water. After an hour my husband asked if I could just walk around the room for a few minutes as I was in such pain but they refused. He told them we were leaving. The amniotic fluid was "low" and they apparently didn't see him moving enough on the ultrasound (he was always a sleepy calm baby in the womb), and I guess his heart rate slowed a bit after a contraction, so they were freaking out and wanted to give me a c-section. But intuitively I knew it wasn't right. Just walking out I felt so relieved. We decided that even though the midwives wouldn't help me as I didn't pass the test, we were going to have him at home anyway. He arrived a little more than a day later (Luckily we had the birthing kit and tub already). It was really painful back labor for a while, but he did come out eventually (I must admit I wasn't sure he would at times!) and was perfectly healthy. He was born with his eyes open which was awesome. I was wrapped up in the cord a few times but DH just calmly unwrapped him. Ash is a really calm baby and I think his birth is part of the reason why.