Originally Posted by stella.rose
I would think that any MW -- even the more medicalized CNMs -- who does homebirths is probably pretty open-minded and worth a meeting.
Yes, very good point! Of course there are some CNMs out there who practice in a totally medical-ized, high-tech manner, but I can't imagine they'd do so if they're doing HB! (Not possible to have cEFM, constant blood pressure cuff & epidurals at home anyway!)
Here in Maryland, CNMs are
able to attend HB, but we have only 1 & she's swamped
(Well, I'm glad she's busy, but it's unfortunate for my friend who didn't have her as an option since she was booked solid.) We also have lay-midwife CPMs who practice 'illegally' - but many hold licenses in PA or VA since they are legal there.
Anyway, I had care of CNMs in a hospital for DS. 2 of the 3 were VERY laid back, non-medically minded (one of them even told me, point-blank, that she disagrees with hospital policy of routine induction at 42W and not allowing eating during labor (only clear fluids.)
So, point being, I think you absolutely definitely can get great midwifery care with a CNM!
That being said, you could also look into badgering your insurance to cover at least part of it.
I'm told in Maryland many Mama's are told insurance won't cover HB, but they do end up getting some coverage after the fact.