Originally Posted by vegasgrl
I'm doing OB care. I actually really like my OB; it's just the whole thought of birthing in a hospital that terrifies me. But since I don't need a MW for prenatal care, when do I need to start interviewing? I'm 13w1d today.
Part of my issue is I'm not sure just yet if I'm going to be able to afford a HB.
I have some ginormous expenses right now (just bought a car - $1000 down paymen, $800 here, $1500 there, moving soon so I'll have a security deposit
and until things settle back into "normal bills" mode I won't really know if I can swing it. I should know for sure in about August, but that's not really enough time for a November birth is it?
I'm so new at all of this.
I first interviewed my MW pretty early on. Her fee includes all prenatals, birth kit, birth and post birth care, she charges $2000. I think when you find a midwife you click with you can ask what type of arrangements payment wise they have for you. Some do barters, some monthly arrangements and so on. They are so willing to work with you, it's amazing.
I did call in advance and speak to my insurance company to see if they would cover homebirth, and they will. But I also put aside the money in our med flex account just in case for peace of mind.
I believe each midwife in the area will work with you depending upon your situation.
You never know, you might prefer to do your prenatal care with your MW and not your OB. I liked my OB (who delivered 3 of my dc well enough) but since we moved outside of Vegas, I didn't want to be driving so far to see him (and now he only delivers at UMC and I knew, no way I wanted to go there to deliver - ever!).
I can't wait to see what MW you like!