I live in Piscataway, NJ. We're a pretty mainstream state, not very AP friendly and the options as far as birth are not that great. There are NO free-standing birthing centers around here, I think there's 2 attched to hospitals. The one I would consider is about an hr. away
: , the other I wouldn't even dream of stepping into b/c it's in a high crime area.
The hospitals vary greatly, my last birth w/ DS was okay. The hospital was wonderful in that it was baby friendly. We roomed in, had a LC come stop by, etc. My actual L/D left something to be desired though. DH and I are looking into a home waterbirth at my ILs w/ a MW for this pregnancy. I'm still trying to work him over
Some of the hospitals in the area still follow the old rules of baby in the nursery, laying on your back for delivery, high C-section rates, etc, but I would NEVER choose one of them
Insurance will cover a hospital birth (once my DH gets another job, he was just laid off yesterday
: ), but I don't think it will cover a MW for a homebirth
, so that'll be out of pocket.