Thanks so much for your quick response! Here is a little background: I am from California. This is our first child. I'm 32 years old and in great health. Everything has gone very well in my pregnancy. All of my tests are normal (blood, urine, Ultra sound etc.) I am 15 min. outside of Florence in the country. I want to do everything naturally as I know my body and I are capable of this. I would love to deliver in a birthing center(although, I have toyed with the idea of a home birth) as I am wary of hospitals.
I think that the main issue would be that whomever I hire(you or someone else) must speak English AND Italian because if I do have to deliver in the hospital, I want them to be able to converse with the OB's. I want my midwife to be on the same page as me and be able to convey my birth plan to them. I am pretty sure that I will have to break quite a few rules there(for example, I don't want to cut the cord right away etc.) and I don't want to feel alone in discussing all of this with them, especially when I am trying to focus on delivering a baby!
So, this is where I'm at. Let's talk further to discuss possibilities.