This is my second chid. With my first, I saw an OB and a midwife for prenatal care, intended on birthing at home initially, switched to a birthing center, and ended up having my daughter on the stairwell of our apartment, with a hospital visit afterward (bc she fell on her head). Not at all how I imagined it would go, but you know . DD was perfect and aside from hating being in the hospital for a day, I can't complain too much - she has a great story after all.
My thoughts currently, due to financial reasons, are that I can see the same OB I saw last time (wonderful, supportive of non invasive methods, supported my desire to home birth) for prenatal care, and hire a doula for additional support through the pregnancy and during the birth at home. There are a couple of midwives near me that offer doula services.
My thoughts here are that I would just be hiring someone as a doula, essentially for the emotional support, but she would still have midwifery experience if something went awry...
What are others thoughts on this? Is this essentially UCing? Is this something midwives/doulas would be open to?