My DH is a carpenter and when my midwife found this out she suggested doing some bartering to bring down our $5,500 fee. We both thought this is great idea but don't really know how to go from here. For example, lets say she wants him to build a deck. He estimates that it will require $500 in materials and his time is worth $1,000. Do we pay for materials and then receive off $1,500 our fee or would she pay for materials and just give us $1,000 off the fee?
I plan on discussing this with her, of course, since she may have a way that she has done this sort of thing in the past. But I thought I'd post to see how its been done with other folks and their midwives. I did a search of older threads and found a lot of ideas for bartering but no one ever talk details.