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Im driving myself up the walls here . When we planned this pregnancy i was definite about a homebirth ( which I still am) but now I cant decide wheather to go with the hospital based homebirth scheme or an independent midwife. I like the security of the hospital based one but they have very strict criteria ( no more 14 days past DD and if waters stained you must go in to hospital for birth I reckon there would be alot more monitoring too) but its free and I reckon youd be treated alot better than if you just transferred in and they didnt know you. Are you all still with me!
The independent MW is lovely but costs about $4000 ( some back on insurance) , you see her in your home... it seems so much nicer if every thing goes ok . Of course everything will be ok Ive no reason to think it wont - all pof my other labours were fine apart from too much intervention and lots of shouting to push ( I really hated that) .
Any words of wisdom here??
Oh yes My DH thinks should go for hospital based one as its safer. But I can swing him around
Would it make any difference to your (US based) mamas decision if you knew that these midwives had had exactly the same training and had exactly the same professional qualification? One chooses to remain within the public healthcare system where she has a guaranteed income, a guaranteed number of hours and the other chooses to be self-employed- THAT's the biggest difference.
Don't forget, potentially independent midwifery could be illegal in the UK by the time we give birth. Details here. That might inform your decision too, and it's certainly a question that needs to be asked at this point if you're interviewing an IM.
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