I would also prefer a direct entry midwife, but you should know that practicing midwifery without a license in New York State is a felony offense. There are CNMs in New York who attend homebirths; check the ACNM site's directory. Rather than expose yourself to the risks of using an unlicensed (and therefore unaccountable) practitioner, and that practitioner to prosecution, consider a CNM or unattended homebirth. There are a few books out there on the latter subject - a search on Amazon.com should bring them up for you. There are also a few sites on the legal situation and citizens' action for homebirth in NY. Good luck!