This is my 5th baby, a part of me wants to get prenatal care for peace of mind and to do something for me. But then I dont want to deal with all the so called interventions that prenatal cares comes with.
Just wondering who else hasnt had any prenatal care and what your thoughts are.
Re: Medicaid, if you are going to get it, I recommend at least calling your local homebirth MW to see if they take it. I know that there is one in my area that (so long as your choose the correct Medicaid provider) is covered 100% by Medicaid.
We actually have insurance but through a HMO and I'm not willing to go that route. Plus, the co-pay would be about what it costs to pay the MW I like out of pocket. So frustrating that that's how it works.
Good luck whatever you decide.
BTW, I was checking out your siggie earlier and think your child spacing is so interesting! Seems like you were on the 5 year plan there for a while.
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I prefer UP and UC. I don't like people messing with me. Just because someone calls themselves doctor or midwife even (not all midwives are this way) they have the tendency to think what they think and want is more important than what we want. I don't like vag. exams or the chance they will do stuff to me or baby that I'm not fine with either during prenatal care or delivery. I have had 2 horrible hospital births. I UP'ed (mostly) with my second and had a crappy OB for prenatal care with my first. Never explained anything to me and acted like I was an idiot who didn't have a clue and she would just do what she wanted with me; which she did pretty much. I didn't know there were options back then though. Although, I remember having a desire to just have my baby at home when I was looking at the emergency childbirth info online. Too bad I didn't know it was an option on purpose!
So, there are my thoughts.
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I really think that the only reason to get in early on in pregnancy is if you have questions, and I really haven't had any.
personally, i would never do unassisted, especially after my first. don't want to be the jerk telling scary stories, but my son was great until the last 60 seconds, when he grabbed on the cord on his way out (guess he really didn't want to leave!). was very glad my midwife was there and my sister (high risk l&d nurse, now studying to be a midwife).
my midwife gave an interview on this right after ds was born, hit a nerve with her. liked her response (paraphrased) "i'll stay in the other room if you want. i'd rather be there and not be needed than the other way around"
maybe find a midwife willing to stay in the next room? i think it's all about finding the right one to respect your wishes, anyway.
Financially, you can ask if you have any services the MW might need. My dh is an electrical contractor and they need some work so we get to trade again for part of the bill. My friend just traded with them for cabinet work.
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I probably won't start seeing my mw until about 14 weeks since that is when you can really start to hear the heartbeat.
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I'm applying for medicaid, which my midwife does accept. It's pretty easy in Florida: fill out a simple form, attach proof of preg, proof of income, and copies of birth cert and drivers license. Now if I could just find my birth certificate...probably still in a pile of paperwork from last time I applied!
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