I'm pg with No 3 and have that choice too, this time. I decided on the hospital for the following reasnos
1. I have had to be induced with both other DC and didn't want to set my heart on teh birth centre only to be told I had to have it in hospital after going over (can't induce at my birth centre)
2. I had loooong first stage with first child and had an epidural as was exhausted - didn't relish the thought of having to be transferred whilst in labour just so I could have an epi.
3. I didn't want my choices takne away from me (see point 2 above!) - in the hospital everything is there and available
4. Birth centre is a fair way from teh hospital and if anything went wrong, I'd prefer to be there, not going in an ambulance worrying.
All that having been said, I am going to transfer to the birth centre after the birth, to have a few days rest with baby before coming home.
My friend is currently pg with her third and after having othe two at birth centre, fully intends to have this one there. She LOVES the home from home atmosphere and the fact that DP can stay (poss only for first babies, you'd have to check that).
Went to birth centre. It was fab and very relaxed. it's you and your midwife and birthing partner. All was going fab then I had to be transferred to hospital. A bit traumatic. Recovery staff fantastic. Midwife unit horrendous and the other side of London, so a long drive for a very stressed DH every day for a week. Next time I'd go hospital (well I dont have a choice actually).
A couple of friends have had their dc's at the birth centre and had a fantastic experience.
I would advise if it is your first baby and you are any way nervous or vacilating to go to the hospital for peace of mind. At least you will be in one of your choosing and not the transfer hosp on the off chance you get transferred