I am using a midwife, something I have always wanted to experience and well worth it of course but in order to see one I have to drive about and hour and 15 mins. I'd have to travel 30 mins to the nearest hospital anyway if I was going with a OBGYN but I pass through that city and on to the next for the midwife.
I have been planning on having a homebirth which means finding place to have one where the midwife is (apperently there are people who rent out their suites for this purpose, people who've had homebirths and want others to experience it as well). There is also the option of having my midwife deliver at the hospital but I want my DD to be involved as much as she wants to be and I also want my family to be able to all spend the first night together, DH, DD, baby and I.
Anyway, I have been really starting to question all the work and planning involved....having to bring towel, and sheets and everything that we'll need with us, I mean of course it would be entirely differnt if it was my own home and we could just have everything ready ahead of time! But I had a pretty quick first birth, 12 hrs but 4 hrs of that pushing so really it was only 8 hrs to get me to 10 cms....what I am thinking is if my labor ends up being short maybe it would be more convinient to just have it in the hospital! I just don't know....I'm only 13 weeks, LOL, so I have a long time to figure it out. At my next appt. later this month I will find out as much as I can about hospital policies and when I'd be able to leave.
I was just wondering if there is anyone out there who has any similar BTDT experiences or just advice for me.