Wow, someone from Belgium! A rare breed on MDC I think
Anyway, I had a hospital birth (c-section even, had no other option), and indeed homebirths are not common here at all. I know three women (two in their forties, kids are teenagers; one that did it a few years ago) that had (some of) their children at home and they are all very positive about it.
But for most people it seems strange not to have a baby in the hospital.
I have to say I loved my hospital experience
but i just love hospitals, lol.
Do you have a "kraamzorgcentrum" or something in Brussels? I know the one in Antwerp is called "De Kraamvogel" but I don't know about Bxl... I think that would be the best place to start for info on homebirths!
I think the cost of homebirth is definitely (much) lower than a hospital birth anyway! And don't forget every woman who gives birth, wether at home or in hospital, can ask for up to ten midwife visits after the birth, that are completely covered by the basic health insurance (ziekenfonds).
Anyway i think the costs for check-ups with a midwife are paid back, just like regular doctor's or gynaecologist's appointments.
Aha I googled a bit and found this for Brussels:http://www.expertisecentrum-vollemaan.be/
Oh, are you Belgian (Flemish? Walloon?) or do you only live there? Cause the website is in flemish...