I have one DD, 2.5 - born naturally in a hospital. I am newly pregnant and was very excited to seek out a different experience. My labor was incredible, but it was still in a hospital. I was told to lie in a bed through transition and was offered an epidural more than once. There is a fantastic birthing center in our town that is basically an old house converted into a birthing center. Incredible staff and support and you go home six hours after giving birth. There is also a large college/medical facility that also has a birthing center that is geared towards natural birth.
Neither place takes our insurance. I have very limited insurance, only have the choice of a couple of hospitals, have seen no midwives on the provider website.
I realize that I did it once in a hospital and could do it again--but I don't want to!! I have started doing some research into a homebirth, but it's so overwhelming! Don't even know where to begin, how we'll pay for it. I also have considered going the hospital route and hiring a certified doula.
Thoughts? Advice? Similar stories?