I will be 3 weeks along tomorrow, :) , and I need to get the ball rolling on finding a MW that will travel to Standish, MI. Standish is about 20 minutes north of Bay City, 40 minutes north-east of Midland, and 45 minutes away from Saginaw, 20 minutes south-east of West Branch. Our hospital here is a little country hospital w/ no birth facility or anything. More of a nursing home, actually. So if something bad happened during the birth, I would have to go to either West Branch or Bay City.
I plan to do a water birth, bought my house b/c it has the same type of bathtub they use in birth centers, lol, with the large oval basin and a "daddy seat" in the back. Nice and wide, plenty of room to see what's going on, and squat and still be comfortably submerged, lol.
I have been reading about Cathy Dowd and see that she is willing to travel. Are there any other MW's in the area that might travel? We have some savings, and will likely pay out of pocket for a MW or will have to do medicaid (EVIL) for the hospital. We have no other insurance options.
Our first child was born 7 years ago in FL and I had a hospital MW birth, which was not what I wanted, but couldn't find a MW willing to do homebirths there. I had a natural vaginal delivery w/ no complications and no medical intervention w/ the exception of getting the mandatory IV, and my daughter decided to come out w/ her hand on her face, causing a tear that needed 5 stiches. I am in better health now than I was then, (lost 70 pounds and am fit and active), and I just really feel that a hospital birth is completely unneeded for me so long as things progress well, (37 more weeks to go, lol). Oh, and I do need a rhogam shot. :(
Any opinions on any MW's in the area are greatly appreciated! Thank you!