I am planning my 2nd homebirth and for the most part I am really happy about that. My one concern is that my primary midwife with my dd, who was a close friend and mentor, and a midwife I have complete and total trust in, is NO LONGER PRACTICING...UGGGGH. I really liked the other midwife that attended pipers birth, but she has less trust in birth and many years less experience...and a track record for unnecessary transfers. The other midwife in the area, I have heard horrible stories about...like she told my friend that her birth team were all going to try to sleep and she should try to labor quietly so that everyone else could get some rest. The poor girl was left all alone and was trying to control her sounds, geewiz. At another birth, she and her partner both left a laboring mom to go to another birth without checking her to see her status. I won't choose her, which leaves me with the one who does unnecessary transports. I suppose I just have to be really clear about my intentions to stay home. Hospitals really freak me out...they are a super last resort in truly necessary situations.
I'd love to hear what you all are planning and whether or not you have a chosen provider.