I'm going to start with a disclaimer that this might be a little bit of a rant...
I'm an American living in and immigrating to Canada as a spouse. I was finally "approved in principle" by immigration in February meaning that I became eligible to work and have health care. So we went ahead and started TTC. We just bought our first house and moved to Quebec from Ontario and now suddenly I no longer qualify for health insurance because Quebec insists on approving all potential immigrants itself even if they've already been approved by Canada (this is the only province where this is the case
Soooo... to have care in Quebec we'll have to pay out of pocket (to the midwives for hopefully a homebirth, and then if anything goes wrong and I have to be admitted to hospital we'll have to pay them on top of the midwives).
On top of all that, the waiting lists for the only 7 midwives in the entire region are extensively long and some other practitioners won't even see you at all until 28 weeks!#@%& because they are so backed up. So we go on April 22 for an "information session" with the midwife group, but that doesn't mean they'll actually have a place for me. So I'm pretty much in limbo . I haven't even been able to get a blood test to tell me if my levels are where they are supposed to be (I miscarried early last pregnancy and have a family history of low progesterone levels). In fact I was told by the midwives that "no one can do anything to prevent an early miscarriage so calm down"!
I have to admit the health care system here frightens me. Luckily my mom is a labor and delivery nurse so I have a good source of free advice!