Mommyofalmost6 and madis81,
I'm so glad to "meet" you two! We'll be PCSing to Yorktown in May. Right now we're on Prime Remote seeing civilians, so I'm unsure of what to do when we move. I'd like to have a baby in 2012, so ideally I'd find a midwife.... My understanding is that the MTFs are pretty full, so there's a possiblity that they will kick you out to the civilian world even on Prime. That would be great! Otherwise I'll probably look at going Standard once the pg happens. DD turned two this month, and I'm going to be a SAHM for a year or so, so I'll be interested in any activities/playgroups you reccommend.
gagin37, When we were in Key West, it was that way. It was awesome. We stayed Prime, technically, but I saw civilians (a midwife group!) for my maternity/birth/postpartum care. It's the best of both worlds--FREE and you pick your provider. IME in heavy military areas w/o maternity care, the OB/GYNs/Midwives accept Tricare. I didn't need a referral--when you switch regions, they'll know that there is no maternity care available and ask you for the name of the person you want to be your PCM. It can be anyone that takes Prime. Super stressful that you're dealing with this, but it could work out really well for you. If i were you, I would call the provider you like and confirm that they take Tricare Prime, and that they'll take you at 37 weeks. Then when it's time to switch regions, give their name, and ask tricare if there's anything else they need from you. If you happen to be going to Key West, let me know!
Doodler, welcome! That's amazing that you had two Halloween babies. My best friend just moved to Germany (5 mos. pg with twins!) and I get the feeling that she feels a little isolated. Is it difficult to get by if you don't speak German? She's in Otterbach and her DH works on a military base near there.