Looking for a little perspective and encouragement here. I'm 27 weeks pregnant with #2. #1 was born at home - a very long but deeply wonderful and uncomplicated experience. We've been planning another home birth.
We're moving in one week, and it's looking very unlikely that we'll be able to stick with this plan. My pregnancy has been super healthy and I remain very low risk, but our new area just doesn't have any home birth midwives, and I'm not willing to plan for an unassisted birth. We knew from maybe halfway through the pregnancy that we'd be moving, but have only known our exact new location for about a month.
While my fingers (all of them, and all my toes too) are crossed that something/someone will turn up, I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of a hospital birth. So far I'm not doing a great job at that and would love to know if anyone has been in a similar situation and how they made peace with such a big change. I'd really like to work on this now so that when it comes time to meet this baby, I'm not feeling panicked or sad.
We are lucky in that in looks like there is a baby-friendly designated hospital with midwives and some water births within reasonable driving distance (although I still need to get in touch ... I have zero clue how you plan a hospital birth!). The two things I have thought of to begin to put my mind at ease are to schedule a tour of the birthing unit there ASAP, and to hire a doula, who could help us stay home as long as possible, continue to help with pain management at this hospital, and generally advocate for us there.
Thanks for any ideas.