Dr. PJ4 (who delivered babies for 17 long years!)
The main issue is whether you will need the aid of medical care and honestly have a no fail backup plan.
If need be is the hospital with the highest level of care within reason? What is the plan if a natural birth doesn't work?
There are people who have successful births and some that have complications that are unexpected.
Be smart and talk to your doctor. Good luck!
I agree with PJ that your prior history of normal easy peasy deliveries is a great indicator of how things will go this time. I would also recommend a doula if you have had long labors. They can really make things a lot easier for you. Esp if you are still in limbo land with WS, and not able to count on his support.
The only babies as RN I have delivered were my own, and I wish there was some inbetween the hospital setting and home. I know some cities have these, Delivery Centers run by Nurse Midwifes. Both of my labors were short by any standard, but I know things would have been even faster and smoother if I would have been allowed to get out of bed and move around, but once they hood you up to all that junk moving isn't a real option. I personally needed the security of being in a hospital in case there was anything wrong with the babies when I delivered. Good thing I was with the second one, because she took a giant gulp of fluid on her way out, and was apneic for a full minute. She was very blue and it was scary as hell. Of course they suctioned her out, and were getting ready to intubate when she let out her first very loud and very pissed off wail.
Sorry to T/J.....Just got to remembering.
I say WS doesn't get a say unless he is really doing the work of R.
The second pregnancy, I had a midwife. I was high risk and she recommended I go ahead and do a c-section again. But she was with me the whole time, was my voice when the doctors weren't listening to me. I'm so glad she was there.
I'm also in Ontario where they are regulated, so I don't know how they are in your area.