+1 for NCT classes, if you're able. Not essential, but I enjoyed them. Keeping in touch with the rest of the group is good. Was good that we were both able to go, too. I was only able to go to the last of four 1 hour hospital antenatal sessions. Compared to six 2-3 hour NCT sessions.
Looking back, NCT classes would be a good thing to have bought for you for anyone with parents offering to pay for something at a time when you're (or, at least, we were) buying bits and bobs, second hand, ad hoc. This is a good review that is them in context: https://www.darkerside.org/2014/04/review-of-nct-antenatal-classes/
That blog also has a review of slings (looking forward to this) and reusable wipes - www.cheekywipes.com - which we've got. Also have a bunch of different types of reusable nappies that we'll have a go with after using disposables for the first while.
Going for a hospital birth. MsWza works in a hospital and is totally at ease with the environment, so shouldn't be phased by that and can concentrate on the job in hand. It's close by, too, so minimal rigmarole getting to and from. The idea of being at home if anything drastic needs to happen is just... Can imagine being at home for a second birth would be less daunting.
Long rambling post, but one more thing: shout out to the midwives! They've all been mega.