Late stepping in, but I'm feeling discouraged at this point. DD #3 was a uc water birth but it didn't make the hubs very comfortable and he ended up making us go to the hospital at 24 hrs to get checked out. I get it, he's a nervous person. So DD #4 we hired a midwife....wonderful for pretty much all aspects...except that she got a little more involved at the end than I would've liked and we can't really afford to pay that out of pocket again this round. So, here I sit, praying for a call from an RN who has magically gotten approval from Tricare to attend homebirth saying she can take me on and it'll only cost me maybe $1K. Otherwise, I'll have to give birth in a hospital again. I don't know if I'm mentally prepared for that. I know I can stand up for myself better, but there are so many little things, like taking home my placenta. Ugh!
ok, rant over...I LOVED my birth pool...and used it for both of my last births. I got in probably right before transition (if I had to guess) and birthed both babes in the water. It was lovely. Probably the best part for me is not feeling the yuck on me right after birth...and going straight into a clean bath tub after. I ate lots of high protein foods before during and after...although there wasn't as much time as it seems ;). Eggs, bolt house farms protein drinks, avocados and lots of fruit!
trying to think of what else is relevant...
Hmm... if you can't get someone to attend you at home, is UC still something you guys are considering? I can't blame you if you didn't want to go that route again. UC is a bit of a leap of faith, even though it's very likely everything would be OK. I don't know if I could do it again. I chose UC last time because I wanted a homebirth very badly and I couldn't afford the midwife.
Otherwise, are there hospital midwives or a more natural birth friendly OB that you could find that would be covered? I too would have a really tough time going back to a hospital birth. So, I understand you.