My daughter is checking out birthing centers in Anchorage. She was a large baby, born at home, but is a small adult, so she's not convinced she wants the first baby to be born at home, though she doesn't want to shut the door completely on this option.
We'd welcome feedback on other first-time mom's that have had their babies here in the past couple of years.
I personally gave birth at Providence Medical Center because I had a childhood kidney condition and didn't know what to expect. I ended up having an emergency c-section because my pelvis ended up being too narrow. I had a good experience there. I'm not saying this to imply that you should not pursue a birth center, but just to share that if an emergency does occur that Prov is a good backup option.
Good to hear they can handle big babes - we are very much hoping this one is smaller than my daughter was - 11 lbs, 2 oz!!
I'm not sure how GW is on home births. I wish I knew more about that!