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#1 of 3 Old 02-20-2012, 12:40 PM - Thread Starter
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My DH is a carpenter and when my midwife found this out she suggested doing some bartering to bring down our $5,500 fee.  We both thought this is great idea but don't really know how to go from here.  For example, lets say she wants him to build a deck.  He estimates that it will require $500 in materials and his time is worth $1,000.  Do we pay for materials and then receive off $1,500 our fee or would she pay for materials and just give us $1,000 off the fee?


I plan on discussing this with her, of course, since she may have a way that she has done this sort of thing in the past.  But I thought I'd post to see how its been done with other folks and their midwives.  I did a search of older threads and found a lot of ideas for bartering but no one ever talk details.


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I have taken sheep, cows, and other stuff... for partial payment of births.  (I live and work in farm/Amish country).  


You would ned to talk to your midwife, but she might be ok with allowing him to just purchase the supplies and you get that whole amount off.  It's wonderful if she will do this for you!  



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My DH (not a midwife--lol) is a professional consultant and sometimes barters with clients.  Like you said, talk with the midwife to be sure the terms will work for all involved. 


We (through my husband's business) have been 'paid' in firewood, beef, chicken and eggs, maple syrup and fishing trips.  There are time, of course, when we need the cash and a barter won't work, but when it does, it feels great to work things out to everyone's benefit in a non-cash exchange.  

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