There's one midwife here in the area that does home births at either your home or hers (she has a room set up similar to a birth center) and we're going to set up a consultation appointment with her and see if our insurance will cover it, etc if we go that route... if not, we plan on finding a CNM with one of the groups around here and we'll be in a hospital and hope that things go according to plan.
I've been doing some research on birth plans and what to include on them -- I was wondering if any of you guys had any suggestions... especially when dealing with a hospital that might very well think you're crazy for wanting to birth with no drugs (you would not believe the number of nurses that I've had who've told me about how many women come in wanting a natural childbirth until the first contractions hit... I actually had one lady tell me that shes NEVER seen a woman go through the entire birth without any pain meds!). It's like everyone is trying to discourage me from doing it and I don't quite understand why... it seems like the most logical choice to me.
With this being our first, I'm a little nervous about the prospect of doing it at home (either at mine or the midwife's), but I'm starting to get the feeling that going that route will be the best way to insure that I won't have to argue with nurses and doctors about how I want the birth to happen...
Any advice? Anecdotes? Help with birth plans?
Thanks in advance!