That story is so sweet. That's an awesome opportunity to have so much support from people you actually know! Betcha that's a birth that no one in your class will ever forget.
Me, I dunno if I could be so brave. My husband and I are talking about having a baby, and I think that I'm going to go to the hospital that I'm currently a doula at. Mixed feelings on this: this is a great facility, very natural childbirth friendly, but I'm a little afraid about what my response to labor is going to be like. I hope to be well prepared and if I can, I'd like to use 2 doulas: one for myself and one to support my husband, he's gonna need it - a few weeks ago I had to have an IV placed, and I was comforting HIM - he doesn't like to see possible pain inflicted on me so if I can talk a doula friend into it, I think I'll have one just to help out Steve.
Anyhow, I know quite a few of the nurses there and I always go out of my way to help them when they need me. But sometimes I know that when they start talking about people, they can be a bit rough, you know?
Hopefully I'll be well prepared and won't come off the wall in labor. I'd hate to have it going around that one of the doulas had a baby and she couldn't tolerate it. I hope they won't judge me if I decide to have an epidural.
Another aspect in while you are more brave, I'm VERY modest (yes, I know that will go out the window when I'm in labor
) and I don't want all my coworkers see me in all my glory, or lack thereof.
Your story is wonderful, and everything came out wonderful for you. I hope that when the time comes, my birthstory, however it will end, will be as great as yours.