With ds I attempted a homebirth and ended up with a hospital transfer. Dd was a successful homebirth.
I am only 2 weeks postpartum and I have mixed feelings about my experiences. We plan on having 1 more baby and although we will probably end up going the homebirth route a third time, I can't say that I am overjoyed about it. Not at this point, at least.
My husband, mom, midwife and doula were all WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL people and great labor supporters. But, like a previous poster, I feel a little betrayed about the sheer amount of pain that I am expected to endure here at home in order to birth our babies. I transferred with ds (very late in my labor) for a variety of reasons but one of the interventions I had when I arrived was an epidural, along with Nubain, internal fetal monitoring, pit, IV abx, fluids, etc., etc. Dd, however, was drug and intervention free and at home. With ds, I was napping and talking and laughing between pushes. With dd, I was screaming, throwing up, swearing, and crying. I don't want to be a hospital birth advocate, because I'm not, but it is what it is. I homebirth because I am convinced it is the best choice for my family, but I am not looking forward to it as a glorious moment that I am lucky to experience.
I hope I am not being scary or a downer, especially for first time moms. I'm only being honest about my particular feelings, and it appears I am in the great minority