Is there anything that the birthing center does or allows that hospitals in your area do not? If not, why not just go to a hospital? The ones I've delivered at (in 3 different states) have all allowed time in a hot tub/bath tub, walking around, no medication, etc. The last one didn't even require an IV. Hospitals are becoming more and more liberal with their policies, and in most cases, midwives have hospital privileges.I'm too paranoid about the potential for problems, so I will alwaysb e in a hospital. Even with a completely routine pregnancy all sorts of things can happen during labor and delivery. My first baby was hand-breech and I needed an episiotomy. A friend of my mom's (who is in her late 20's) ended up with an emergency c-section and a ruptured bowel after 50 hours of pushing during a failed homebirth. Since your husband is a med student, I understand his concerns completely. While women have been giving birth naturally for thousands and thousands of years, there is always a very real possibility of life-threatening complications that can't be predicted.