I am starting to lean towards a home birth, but need to discuss it more with my husband. So far, I've had a mixed bag of births.
#1 - OB care, hospital birth, OB attending that I'd never met before, and I didn't really like, epidural, episiotomy.
#2 - Midwife care, hospital birth attended by back up midwife, only intervention was 2 cervix checks and periodic monitoring of the heart beat. Teeny tear that didn't even require a stitch.
I thought that my dad was completely against home births, but when we were joking about getting our picture in the paper with the New Year's baby, he said "Does it count as the NY baby if it's not born at the hospital?" I've also been talking to my mom about it a bit. My aunt recently gave me a mini-lecture about home births. I have no idea why... I wasn't pregnant then. She said "Have a MW if you want, but babies should be born in the hosptial!" Whatever. She also circ'd her son because she knew a guy who had to ahve it done as an adult, so we're obviously not on the same page on a few issues.
My main concern is who would be able to be there to take care of my kids. My 5 year old daughter (who will be nearly 6) is very interested in the birth process and has asked if she can be there, so I would need someone there just for her, plus someone to watch my son. If baby is born during the holidays, my mom may be able to plan to be with us, which would help a lot with that. Anyway, if DH is on board there are still some logistics to work out.
I'm lucky in that I live in Ontario where MW are licenced, regulated by the College of Midwives of Ontario, are allowed to attend homebirths and are covered by provincial health insurance.