Originally Posted by CryPixie83
There are many places where homebirth is illegal. Even places where (like in Illinois) a mother has every right to birth at home but midwifery is illegal.
Just wanted to correct this. I live in Illinois, and am planning a home birth with a certified, legal midwife. Midwifery is NOT illegal in Illinois. The only issue is that direct-entry midwives are illegal here. I wish they weren't, and have contributed to efforts to try to get a bill passed that would allow for their certification and recognition in the state. But there are many CNMs in the state. The majority, it's true, practice in hospitals (I had a GREAT CNM-attended birth in a hospital with our first child), but there are a number who do home births. And in some cases, direct-entry midwives are teaming up with CNMs to make it "legal."
Given that I do live in a state that has a distinction between licensed and unlicensed midwives, and I know of many great CPMs who are "illegal" here, I understand what the previous posters were trying to say about underground midwives not necessarily being shady or "bad."
That said, I think in this case there are very good reasons for the OP not having a home birth, and I think trying to find a midwife who would be willing to take her on would compound the risk that she'd get someone unqualified to deal with the situation, since many more responsible midwives might suggest she birth in a hospital, given her history.