Edited by 1babysmom - 3/19/13 at 6:30pm
I'm with you, going to enjoy it as long as I can, hopefully for 9 months!
My DS1 was an unmedicated hospital birth, DD1 and DD2 midwife-attended homebirths and DS2 was a UC. I'm not sure what my plans are yet for prenatal care. Not sure if my normal HB midwife is in the budget, so I'll have to have at least the first few appointments at the local military hospital. I'll talk to another HB midwife who came recommended by a friend about transferring into her care at the end of pregnancy. Either way, I know I won't be birthing at the Naval Hospital, barring any complications of course.
Yes, I get my healthcare covered at the local Naval hospital, my DH is active duty. We paid out of pocket for my HB midwife the last 3 times but I'm not sure if we can swing it or not. We'll probably try, though, because DH likes to have someone available to come over after the birth (or during, if I feel the need) and he knows I won't go to Naval to birth. I think I can transfer care in late in the pregnancy for a reduced rate with one of the midwives (different than my normal one), so I may look into that.
Hoping for a homebirth with a midwife here. DD1 was born with a midwife at a birthing center. The birth center was lovely, but I H-A-T-E-D the car ride to get there. My first labor was also pretty quick, so I'm not sure I'll have time to get anywhere other than home this time around. lol!
Hoping for a home birth here too. My midwife is experienced in this area, and it's definitely my first choice. At the same time, I'm not going to stress out if it doesn't work. We had a plan for how we wanted to conceive -- at home with a known donor sperm -- and that ended up being very different -- at clinic with frozen donor sperm -- so I will take the direction that life gives us.
I would LOVE to do a homebirth but I think it would freak out my husband and family too much. I'm compromising by going to a nurse midwife at the hospital but I'm going to labor at home for as long as I can. It's going to be a battle to keep my mother from meddling and going against my wishes no matter where I am, though. :/
I am all for a home birth, but DH seems a bit apprehensive about it. He states that he would be much more comfortable in a birthing center. We're fortunate that there is an awesome local midwife that operates a birthing center, but also does home births. AND, she is in-network. I would hate to have to drive to the birth center because it is Southern California and everything here is a commute. It could take an hour to go the 20 miles, and that is without exaggeration. It could even take longer! No way!
Met with the first midwife this morning. She was very lovely, but more recently licensed (like last fall). The next midwife I'm meeting with (Saturday) has more experience and came recommended from the midwife I had started to meet with early on in my pregnancy in December 2010 (which sadly ended in miscarriage).
I could have written this exact same post after our interview yesterday!!! This particular midwife books up so fast too, she's only taking 5 clients this October so I'm glad to have made the decision already. Mine will be a HBAC.
I'm planning a HB! (My first one, second birth) :)
I interviewed my MW of choice last night with my dh - it felt so right.
Thinking I should interview one more just for perspective, but I feel like I will be wasting that MW's time since my heart has pretty much already decided!
We are planning our 2nd home birth. Most likely with the same midwife I used before. But maybe not. We'll be applying for medicaid, and one of the local home birth midwives accepts it. Though there is $2,000 which is not billable to medicaid that we would need to pay out of pocket.
I'm not sure if my old midwife is still charging the same rate of $3,000 sooo it's a difference possibly of $1,000. Which to me seems worth it to birth with someone I've already birthed with before. . .
I asked how they handle things I've experienced in previous births (cord around the neck, heavy postpartum bleeding, fast births, breech--though my breech baby turned back around in time), how long they've practiced, how many births they've attended, what equipment they bring, how often they have to transfer a mom, if they use an assistant, etc. This blog has a good series of posts on thoroughly interviewing midwives.