Hi everyone :)
My husband and I are considering moving to San Francisco or the San Francisco Bay area next year and I wanted to find out more about the home birth scene there.
We're currently living in Seattle but we're from Australia and had our last baby at home in Australia so we don't know the "system" very well in the US... and I know it varies a lot by state anyway. We would like to have another baby in about 18 months-2 years so we need to know if we'd be able to birth the way we want to in the San Fran area, or if we should just move back to Australia instead.
I want a midwife who would be prepared to support us if baby is a bit "high risk" such a breech birth, and I would be about 38 at the time. I also want home visits for my antenatal and postnatal care and I don't want much testing (such as GBS, gestational diabetes, doppler checks).
We would have a group health plan with maternity cover but I'd be prepared to have a "freebirth" with an unregistered midwife if it helped us get the care we want. Does anyone know if there are midwives giving this type of care in the area? How much would it roughly cost out of pocket? If we need to transfer, how would we expect to be received at the hospital? If we have a freebirth with an unregistered midwife, would we run into problems using our insurance for hospital care if we need to transfer?