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Hi Everyone. We just found out that we are expecting and with open enrollment season upon us we're trying to figure out what to do. We currently have Kaiser (which will cover a birth at BirthCare in Alexandria) but am not keen on driving to Alexandria from Fairfax while having contractions in the car. Our last birth was a hospital birth and we do not want that experience again, nor do we want to be separated from our 2.5 year old. That leaves us with having a homebirth. I'm trying to figure out how this all works....
1. Are there actually insurance companies that will cover a portion of homebirth with a midwife? (we are considering into Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, but would love feedback as to what others have).
I got my Aetna HMO to say they would cover my HB, but I'm still holding my breath and gearing up for a fight, since I haven't had the baby yet.
2. Are there any midwives that you would personally recommend?
I'm working with Tammi and Lori ofhttp://traditionalmidwiferyofnova.com/ as pp said, Tammi is leaving the area, but Lori is still going to be around. She's very nice.
3. How do you deal with the homebirth issue with your normal ob/gyn doc? Do you even tell them? I haven't gone to the ob/gyn yet and am wondering if I even should.
I saw an OB, but quickly made the switch to the midwives. I think a lot of midwives in the area prefer you not seek tandem care, because their models of care really are diametrically opposed, and their advice is often going to differ quite a bit. If there's a conflict in your care, whose advice are you going to follow? The medical model or the midwifery model? THAT is the care provider you should go with, not both.
4. How do we have the birth recorded so we can get a birth certificate?
The midwives should take care of that. Ask them when you do your interview.
5. ANY other basic information I should know about preparing for and having a homebirth?
Not everyone is going to understand your choice, adn a lot of people might treat you like you're crazy. But there's a great support network right here! I have never had a moments doubt about my decision to have a home birth. And I am especially grateful now, as I am nearly a week past my EDD and no one is pressuring me about induction. Now if only this baby would get her/his butt in gear and join me I could tell you how freaking awesome my waterbirth was...
Sorry if these are silly questions but this is all new to me!
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