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I haven't had a hospital transfer myself, but I asked my midwife the same thing in our first interview. She said that she transfers about 10% or her mothers and the vast majority are first time mamas. Of that 10%, about 90% request the transfer themselves because they've been in labor for a really long time and are tired and wanting something either for the pain or to make them sleep. Other than that she has done a few transfers because of extreme maternal blood loss or labored infant breathing. She has been a CPM for over 25 years and sees very few emergencies.
I haven't had a homebirth yet, but when interviewing my midwives, they said that their transfer rate is about 6% for first time mothers who changed their mind and wanted to go to the hospital, in non emergency situations. They said their emergency transfer rate is 1%, for things like infant breathing and maternal blood loss. Same as the previous poster.