I had a pretty traditional hospital birth with my daughter 8 years ago (epidural, EFM, episiotomy) and am opting for a home birth with a CNM this go round. This was a decision made mid-pregnancy, so I have been doing lots of research/adjusting my thinking from one model of care to another. With my daughter, I did not get the epidural until I hit transition and panicked (why someone gave me an epidural then, I do not know!), and prior to that, I dealt with the contractions by essentially going very inward... I liked being by myself and having quiet.
My husband may or may not be home from deployment for the birth, so my sister is my birth partner for the time being, I will also have my midwife and doula here as well as potentially a midwife student who is apprenticing under my midwife. This leads me to my question: For those of you who have done Hypnobabies and/or tend to be more internal with pain management, who did you have at your birth and were you happy with your decision? I have other family members who want to be present, including my 8 year old daughter, but I am worried I will get overwhelmed with anymore people there (since I'm already at potentially 5 other people!) and that I will lose focus. I'd love to hear from other mamas on the topic and their experience!