I'm all for home births, really I am, but I have to say that I'm taken aback at how my experience could be used as a way to somehow justify their awesomeness.
Last time I checked, most home births do not involve a firemen and an EMT telling the laboring mom that they can't see the baby SO IT MUST NOT BE TIME TO PUSH YET.
I admit that as someone who has chosen to go the meds-free birth route (and has been afforded the good fortune to have success in that endeavor), I've made the joke about how I wouldn't mind if I didn't make it to the hospital just to avoid the rigamarole that one often times needs to endure when it comes to attempting a meds-free hospital birth.
And given the bitch that is back labor, the baby sliding out in the car sounded magical.
Irony? Foreshadowing? Coincidence?
I can assure you, however, that the prospect of it actually happening in the car and then it really happening in my guest room was not as "tee-hee, giggle giggle" as it sounded when I'd joked about it.
Though it was about 50,000 times easier than a back labor.
If you want to know the nitty gritty, my ideal situation would have been to deliver at a freestanding birth center, however, those don't exist here in Georgia. Also, home births are only facilitated by CPMs (Certified Professional Midwife) not CNMs (Certified Nurse Midwife), and it's our personal preference to have a CNM.
And, finally, the big kicker - we didn't want a home birth.
Keep in mind that most people who have home births actually plan them, with their midwife and doula in attendance, and not the local fireman and his posse of not-so-birth-savvy EMTs. And I think it's a bit far fetched to say that Bridget's home birth was or would have been far better than one I'd have in a hospital.
I've had three amazing meds-free hospital births so there would be no reason for me to expect otherwise. And it doesn't change my mind about not wanting a home birth.
Given what could have happened, I'm just thankful for birth choices, that my kids didn't wake up, and that we're all okay - mom, baby, husband, and yes, carpets too.