I have just come across this and felt compelled to reply.
As a birth doula and mother of 4 who had three babies at home, I admit I am biased but I feel that it is important for the sheer joy and ease of homebirth to be communicated.
As others have said in this thread: Home birth is safe. It is statistically safer than hospital birth (ref The birth Place Study) for second time mums who are low risk and expereinced a vaginal birth the first time.
I run a Yoga & Mindfulness for pregnancy & birth course live online and since Covid the numbers of homebirthers in my classes has doubled.
In the last batch - 50 % were considering or had chosen home birth.
They did not all get the homebirth but just booking a homebirth already takes you on a gentler less medicalised path. Appointments are at home instead of hospital. In labour, the midwife comes to you and ,if all is going well, there is no need to go anywhere just bed down and let go into the birth experience.
The transfer rate for homebirth is high 45%. Thats not because 45% of babies are compromised - far form it. It's because homebirth midwives are super diligent. If the labour slows, is long, or the mother starts to struggle they make the decision to transfer in. The majority of those transfers are first time mums.
As a doula I have supported quite a few unplanned homebirths with second time mothers - in otehr words the labour escalated quickly and the mother no longer felt able to transfer in. These situations can be a little stressful because the mother has not mentally prepared.
Usually, in teh end, she's delighted because the baby has arrived and the birth is over and she did not need to leave her home.
Why not mentally and practically prepare for the homebirth knowing that you can always change your mind at the last moment. It DOES NOT work the other way around.
Once you have birthed your baby gently and peacefully at home without triage, VE'S, teh stress of the transfer, the bright clinical environment etc..., you get it.
I am of the belief that low risk birth belongs OUT of hospital.
The last thing I would say is that whilst being on teh same page as your husband is important; YOU are the one having the experience. Its HAS to be up to YOU. You lead on this - not your husband.
I am happy to chat with you. I know Gloria and her team and they are FIRST CLASS midwives - some of the BEST.
Listen to your body and follow your maternal instinct. You will do whats right for you.
Many Blessings on Your Journey.