I would love to have a homebirth. But my understanding is that Michigan Medicaid will not cover out-of-hospital births, at all. I've thought about just sucking up the cost (I know there are some very kind homebirth midwives out there who take payments :). But, it is a lot of money to spend, money we don't really have, when the state would pick up the tab for the hospital bill. Ridiculous.
I guess I'm just wondering if there are any options I'm missing? Or anyone's thoughts on the subject? Right now I'm looking at delivering in U of M's birth center with one of their midwives. I have an appointment set up but not for a couple of weeks yet. Anyone have opinions on them? My understanding is they're a bit better than average for keeping c-sections low, keeping mom with baby and so on. But honestly, the thought of giving birth in any hospital, unless absolutely necessary, is a little bothersome to me. I know I don't feel comfortable in hospitals, or with strangers in general, much less when doing something as intimate as giving birth. So I keep reconsidering paying out-of-pocket for a homebirth... sigh.
I lived in Vermont for the last couple years where this would not have been an issue... they cover homebirths, and birthing centers, and other wonderful things. Go Vermont! Unfortunately I could not give birth there because, as much trouble as it would have saved me, I had to go home to Michigan -- and my mom -- to get brave enough to try this pregnancy thing :)
Anyway, I've been browsing information on these forums now and then, and you all seem very helpful, so I thought I'd at least present my dilemma and see if anyone has any thoughts!
Edit: Oh, and for the record, I live near Pinckney, about halfway between Ann Arbor and Lansing, if anyone knows of options in the area. Thanks!