I will have my first home birth in April. I had my first at a midwife clinic last January. I think it is a wonderful experience. I labored at my own pace and could walk if I wanted. I wasn't hooked up to machines and was only checked every hour or so.
One of the best reasons for a home birth is bacteria and infection. At a hospital you and your baby are exposed to every germ that walks in that place. At home, you already have immunities to everything and it is what your baby will bo exposed to on a daily basis.
If you are concerned about midwives, just investigate. Most states have strict laws about what they have to have. My midwife is required to have a doctor that she can call if there are any problems, along with any medication or emergency items - iv's, oxygen, etc.
at 12:56 PM on Nov. 17, 2008