|How does a homebirth work. Do you have the baby at home and go to a hospital or do you just stay home? How do you get a birth cert? Is it expensive?
I had my first baby at home with a licensed midwife. I believe the total cost was around $1200, but my insurance paid for everything. I'm not exactly sure, but I think because it is legal to have a homebirth attended by a midwife in Florida, insurance companies are required to cover the expenses just as they would for a hospital birth. We just had to order our birth certificate from the health department, I think it cost $10. Technically we were supposed to take our newborn to the pediatrician within 24 hours of the birth, but our pediatrician talked to the midwives and said since everything sounded good we could just wait until Monday (he was born on Friday).
|Is a midwife expensive or does it depend on the person? How do you find a GOOD midwife? Some of you gals sound great as OB nurses and such...
We interviewed most of the midwives in our area (4 or 5), and they all had roughly the same costs, it may have varied by $100 or so. As far as choosing a good midwife, we went partly by our instincts, but also by intensive interviews we conducted with each midwife, and recommendations by women we knew who had their babies at home. Most of the midwives we talked to gave us phone numbers of some of the families they had attended. We had a list of questions we compiled from many of the books about homebirth. There are so many things you may want to know, how many births do they plan to attend each month, how they handle certain emergency situations, which hospitals they prefer in case of transfer, how involved or hands off are they during the labor... In Florida midwives go through a 2-year degree program and have to keep current licenses, so we asked about that, also. We chose the midwives who were the most patient and thorough about answering our questions
We also liked that they attend every birth together unless two occur simultaneously. They also had much more experience than the other women we interviewed. It took some time to find the right midwives, we actually did our initial interviews while we were just TTC!
I liked Ina May Gaskins book 'Spiritual Midwifery', and also Elizabeth Davis' Heart and Hands, they both give you lots of great info about every aspect of homebirth.
Sorry so long, I just loved my homebirth and enjoy talking about it with other mommies