I had two home births in Lincolnshire. The midwives were all really pro hb and I was really lucky to be well supported by them. My husband knew how important it was to me to be at home after my daughters birth (which was a normal delivery but I suffered from the 'cascade of interventions'). I didn't have a friend with me, none of my friends could figure out why I didn't want to go to hospital. Just me and husband for ds, then had the neighbours in the kitchen for dd as we may have had to transfer to hospital (slight complications so they called an ambulance just in case). But I found the home birthing system really good in our area and couldn't have faulted the care I received. Good luck with your home birth!
Are there any out there who have done it or are planning on doing it? I've been looking at various websites and a few recommend having a "friend" who has been through it, in case of needing to negotiate to get a midwife out to you or etc but I don't know anyone around here who has experience with this. If you had a homebirth, did you have a friend to help? Did you experience last minute problems with staffing? Did your DH or family member deal with it for you?