Hi ladies! This is my first time ever to this website. A friend recommended it. I live in PG County, Maryland and after my first hospital birth experience (nearly 4 yrs ago) I knew I never wanted that again. My first choice was a birthing center, but the closest are 30min of highway driving in ideal traffic (we live in a HIGH traffic area). Dh and I are very open and getting really excited about a home birth. A friend recommended a birthing center in VA (www.birthcare.org) that does home births, but she said that I should call right away since they book fast. I am just 5 wks and left a message today for a call back. I guess I am wondering if anyone else is in this area and could give me any recommendations, would you suggest going through an individual midwife or through a group? Ack! I just feel like I'm already in a time crunch. Any help would be great!