I know. We're very lucky in this city... midwifery care is not only completely covered with our provincial health insurance (so absolutely nada out of pocket), but the province in general does support homebirth. Now, the hospitals... not so much, they're not as supportive, and certainly more filled with misinformation about how homebirth will kill your baby, etc etc. But... people keep pushing and the province keeps supporting our efforts to expland the natural birth community. The birth centre is a huge step, and it will be one of the first few n the country of it's kind. Very exciting.
The only problem is that the province can't seem to hire enough midwives... you can't train for it here, you have to go elsewhere, so I think they just don't have enough people returning back home here. At any given time the city has two or more full time midwife positions listed... it just seems like they can't fill them, which is so so sad. Basically if you don't call the second you get your BFP, want a homebirth, and have no risk facotrs, you can't get midwifery care... because they have so many options to choose from, they can turn down anyone they like, and still have a surplus of clients.
I keep thinking of all the things we need to do in the next few months. Ugh. We have a whole basement renovation to complete. Time to get busy!! The will-be baby's room is currently our office, which will be moving downstairs once we've finished the renos.