I am having real indecision about where to have my baby and I just don't know what to do. I have two choices (well, two choices that I would be happy with) 1. MLU within a very large hospital with one of the best paediatric units in the country. So, I am in a MLU but there is emergency care right there a lift ride away if I need it. (Oh and an epidural ). You cannot visit there as they are too busy but it has an excellent reputation, and I actually have a midwife friend who has highly recommended it to me. They have all the relaxing birthing rooms etc, but they only have one pool. BUT - and this is a big but to me, my midwife told me at my last appointment that if I turn up there and MLU is full, I will be sent downstairs to the consultant unit. I really don't want that, I don't do well in hospitals/with lots of medical intervention, and I really think it will stress me out and slow down my labour. This place is a 40 minute drive for us, and in rush hour will be much harder to get to, if we happen to need to be going there too. 2. Independent MLU. This is a brand new unit with four pools and lots of rooms. It is standalone, and if I needed consultant/emergency care the nearest hospital is a 10 minute ambulance ride. You can look around and the midwives seem lovely. The place is absolutely pristine. It is a much easier drive for us. The possibility of an ambulance ride really bothers me, and if I got transferred I would not be so happy with where I was going. The other hospital is much newer, nicer and has a much better reputation. I really don't know what to do!!! do you plan your choices for the worst case scenario, or plan to have a good experience?