My husband owns a young small business which doesn't make enough just yet for us to have insurance. We are wanting a baby very badly and have been researching home births.
I love the one on one attention you get from a midwife and personal hand my husband can have in the birthing of our baby. I still have a few questions. It might vary from midwife to midwife but maybe ya'll can help.
-Like I said I like the fact that my husband can be my coach and actually do the birthing, is that true with all midwives?
-Would you recommend a CNM, CPM or a lay midwife, is there really that much of a difference? I know one has a masters as apposed to the other being certified, and then just trained but when worse comes to worse would a CPM really be more beneficial than a lay MW?
-Financial, how much cheaper is a home birth? I know it has to be significantly cheaper because you don't invasive and unnecessary tests and procedures or drugs. I don't want to go the cheaper route and compromise care or health. We are hoping that this is something we would be able to afford in cash and not have to have insurance to cover the fee. I understand that if complications arise and I have to go a hospital it will be alot more expensive, but I am just wondering about a typical no complications pregnancy.
-When looking for a midwife what would you suggest I look for that you maybe wish you had thought about, or things you did require from yours? What are some good questions beside credentials and education?
I am on the verge of going into this after all my research, talking with MW of all types and reading forums but this is a big step and i want to make sure it is the right one and any insight would be appreciated.
Edited by partins12 - 3/11/13 at 3:14pm