I'm going to have an HBAC because the only reason for my first c/s is that I left my house. I feel threatened in a hospital. I can't relax enough for labor to progress when I feel like I have to fight to defend my right to choose how I labor, how long I'm in labor, etc. Maybe if the medwives I was seeing when I was in labor had offered some kind of midwifey support like ANY kind of advice other than "Labor is slow so let's get some pit so you don't become exhausted." ((?? and PIT isn't going to exhaust me?!)) I might have been able to relax, stop fighting, and have my baby. But I felt like I was fighting and being ignored anyhow so... obviously I can't handle a hospital environment. Maybe it's because my mom's a midwife and I just know too much. I didn't want to go to the hospital in the first place, but since I was active duty I didn't have much choice. I just focused on the AWESOME tubs they have there and tried to think about how nice it would be to labor in a tub big enough for me, DH and my giant pregnant belly... and then when I had to fight about the tub, it all just went downhill and I ended up getting a c/s against my will, and I was 100% certain then and now that I didn't need it, but when they hold you down till you "consent", there's not much you can do, you know?
So there isn't a chance that I'll be going to any hospital when I'm in labor unless I think someone's going to end up dead if I don't.
If there were any birth centers on my island, I might consider going to a birth center, but there simply isn't a single one. So, it's home for me, whenever I manage to get knocked up again.
I've already found an awesome naturopathic doc/midwife who works with an acupuncturist/doula, and we're working to regulate whatever's wonky in my body so we can have our next baby.
IF I need any help in labor-- it's probably going to be acupuncture. I'm terribly interested to see how that works out.