Hi C.. Hooray for you. Although I'm not from the South Bay area (I'm from South Pasadena, CA), I had my 2nd baby at home in a water birth tub. It was the most amazing birth experience, considering I had a horrible unplanned hospital birth for my first child. You are doing the right thing. I, too, had a lot of resistance from my friends and my family. But, it's my child who benefits. My 2nd child is so very healthy, much more so than my first one who had the drugs in her (epidural/pitocin) before she was even born. She's got a lot of allergies (which have been shown to be the result of these drugs) and her immune systems is just not as strong. Natural birth is the way to go, for me, and for many other women. Don't get discouraged. You know what you need to do for you and your baby. Trust your instincts.