honestly with us we will be moving (a MAJOR expense when you are talking about basically starting over when it comes to a new apartment, new cars, appliances since we don't own the ones we have now, a lot of the furniture since what we have now is government owned) so 3000 might not sound bad but 3000 is almost 4 MONTHS pay for us. With the move it would be way to much. Plus I don't think any midwife is going to want to pick up a woman at 34-36 weeks pregnant. If we were to stay here (in Japan, on SOFA status) Id be looking at 2000 or so for the birth, plus birthing supplies, plus 100/hour for the interpreter since I'm not fluent in Japanese. There would also be additional cost because i live on an American base. Then Id have to go through the process of getting a Japanese birth certificate in order to get the Consulate report of birth which is a PAIN. I did it with my second (unexpected homebirth, delivered her myself with no one else around) daughter and thank goodness one of our friends could translate for us otherwise we were looking at almost a thousand in translation costs and another fee to have someone attend the court hearing so we could get the Japanese birth certificate. As it was we didn't have the Consulate report of birth until DD2 was almost 8 months old because of all the paperwork headache.
~Heather~ Mama to Miss E (1/07), Miss A (11/08), Mr.T (2/11) and Miss A (10/12) Expecting our newest blessing sometime late Sept/early Oct.. Wife to my Marine since 11/2005