ybutterfly - I'm in Vancouver, and am set up with a pretty great team. But thanks for the tip! If I ever have a pregnant friend in White Rock I'll look you up! I have a lot of the same concerns that you do re: hospital birth - comfort, food (although I think I'd just bring food), and people I don't know coming in (though apparently this can be limited to one nurse).
I feel so lucky that in BC, I can decide last minute. I could literally be half way through labour and say "I'm not going to the hospital." (Which is a real concern for me - I mean, last time I remember at one point asking my midwife whether they'd send me home from the hospital if I showed up at that point. She didn't do an internal check, but said that, based on what she was seeing, they would send me back home again. That made me feel SO grateful to be doing a home birth. I really don't understand how people get in a car, drive to the hospital, find parking, wait to be admitted and then get settled in a new space in the middle of labour. But, I might be doing it in October. Anyone have tips for how to make that transition as smooth as possible?)
But, after my experience with my daughter's birth, I just don't think I'd be able to fully relax at home. The postpartum hemorrhage, passing out, ambulance transfer and separation from baby were somewhat traumatic. It's given me a bit of a different view of home birth - of course, I absolutely support women in choosing it, but I see that if things don't go as planned, it has its own set of risks and potential trauma. My experience also made me feel more anxious for people choosing to UC/family birth.
Right of Passage (and anyone else thinking of UC) - you seem so confident in your choice. Amazing. Feel free not to answer, but I'd love to hear how you process and make sense of risks to being alone with family? Things like cord prolapse, placenta previa, hemorrhage, etc. I hope that isn't too personal or upsetting a question. I'm just genuinely curious. I have become more anxious since my first birth, and I'm quite envious of people with such confidence in the birth process.