I have been obsessed with all things birth related over the last 1-2 years, so I have a good sense of what my ideal birth would look like.
We have a tour tonight for a birth center where the midwives also attend homebirths. If we birth at the center, it could be covered in full by insurance. If we birth at home, we would have to pay out of pocket. Potentially $3-4k. I've got the money saved, and DH is adament that we stay out of a hospital, but once he learned that it may be covered in full by insurance, he thinks that the $3-4k would be a nice cushion for other things. We'll see. I have my heart set on a home birth, but after seeing pictures of the birthing tubs at the center, it may be enough to pursuade me. My only other hesitation is that it's 30-40 mins away, and it's a little inconvenient to be laboring far away from home, especially if we end up needing to pass the time doing other things.
Either way, we're going to be taking a Bradley Birthing class starting in March at the birth center. My husband is *so* excited about being my birthing coach (he actually wants a t-shirt made with the name "COACH" written on the back), but I kinda do want to have a doula as well. This is our first experience with natural birth, so I think we could use all the help we can get.
And, this wasn't really asked, but just thought I'd share: I fully intend to encapsulate my placenta and am hoping to find a doula who offers this service. I'm so grateful to live in the age of the internet where I could find all of the information, benefits and success stories of other mothers. It's definitely normalized a lot of things that I never would have envisioned doing.