We're in Grand Rapids, MI and here’s our story:
We are missionaries who have been in Ukraine for almost 2 years now. My wife is pregnant with our 2nd child and is due around April 15th. We had been planning this whole time to have our 2nd baby here in Ukraine and were content to do so. However, due to unforeseen events here with new visa laws, we have been forced to plan a last minute trip back to the states. So now we are in a tight spot, being just over 2 months from my wife's due date, and are trying to get all new plans put together. If it would work out, we would love to have this baby done at home with a midwife. But therein lies the problem: we don’t own a house in the states or an apartment or any living arrangements; most of our belongings are overseas not in America. We have family and friends in the Grand Rapids, MI area, but we are either too uncomfortable with some of them to give birth there, or some we have asked to use their house for this great event and have been turned down. Sigh.
So, we’ve considered a birthing center, but the one birthcenter within drive is in Okemos is already well booked. I’ve considered renting a cabin at a campground for a month, lol, but they don’t work out very well. I’ve had the crazy thought of finding a couple nice hotels and when the time comes rush to one, rent a room, and get settled in, lol. Now I’m looking at renting apartments for a month, with no lease agreement and wondering if any short-term apartments would even allow a homebirth in one. So, does anybody have any thoughts or experience with this? Does anybody have any ideas that I’m not thinking of of where to have this baby? As time draws closer, it looks more and more that a hospital delivery is truly our only realistic option, and it's sad to have to accept that. Thanks!
Edited by ckline - 2/4/12 at 6:43am