I have one of those angels under my name... that must have frightened you to imagine that they were all homebirths gone awry!
I had my first daughter at home, very much researched, planned for and wanted. I also feel that had I had her in a hospital, I would have had a tremendous episiotomy at the very least and a c-section at the worst! It was not a long labor, 7 1/2 active hours overall. But, I pushed for 2 hours and 40 minutes while at a 10. That baby was not coming down! I feel like I got into every position known to man in order to get my DD under my pubic bone, which is where she was stuck with one hand up around her head!
And when she was born, she had some minor respiratory distress that was quickly taken care of by our CPM.
It was an incredible experience.
My second daughter was born still in the hospital. I went to emergent care thinking I'd be given some medicine and sent home.
Sadly, Angel had severe chromosomal abnormalities and had died in my womb up to a week before her birth. You might be thinking, ah ha! Good thing she went to the hospital. Not me... had we had ANY idea that we were going to lose Angel, my husband and I would have chosen to have her at home with our midwife. Instead, I had a nat'l birth in the hospital. In the hour and 15 minutes between finding out via u/s that Angel was dead and having her we were offered drugs at least four times.
I was also offered an IV at the emergent care center before my ambulance ride to the hospital! "Fluids won't hurt you!" I told the hosp staff that I felt as tho I were in labor because their first suggestion was induction (WTF!) and I got, "Well, you might not be." "Some women (having a m/c) never do go into labor.". It was insane to me that they NEVER gave me any credit for realizing that I was in the process of having that baby! I'd been having honest to God contractions all day at that point.
So having had both a homebirth and a nat'l hospital birth, I would definately choose a homebirth! Never the hospital.