This is my first post here. I'm 32 weeks pregnant now and am just looking into homebirth. We've been living in my father-in-law's house for the past two years (where it obviously wouldn't be an option), but found out recently that we'll be moving into our own apartment at the end of September. I had my first son at U of M and even though we saw the midwives (who we're currently seeing again) there were so many things about the experience I'm unhappy with. I really don't want to go through that again. We have Medicaid and I know it's unlikely I'll find a homebirth midwife who accepts it, that would be awesome! I've emailed a few homebirth midwives with sliding scales but the lowest price I've gotten is $1600, which I know is good but still too much for us. Does anyone know a midwife that will do bartering? I don't have all that much to offer, but I could do housework, lawn care, babysitting. Or if they had an office I could help out any way there. I'm not sure what people would accept. I'm really willing to do anything, just unfortunately we don't have the finances to afford it and don't have much time to save up.. Any help would be appreciated!
(I forgot to add we live in Ypsilanti, MI)
We are in a similar situation eith wanting the hb but not being able to afford it. At all. Every paycheck goes right back out again.
All of that is what lead us to UofM midwives and I was just wondering what you rxperienced at UofM that you didnt care for. So we are prepared and know what to look out for.
emwilbz, I encourage you to patiently keep inquiring. What you seek (direct-entry midwife to assist you with your desire for midwifery care / home birth) is so positive. Make your inquiry gentle, but don't put off asking a midwife a second time -later, if your search must go on. It is likely there is a midwife 'out there' willing to take on a barter arrangement if she understands your need. Think creatively and be willing to work hard. Make up a very nice card that lists as many things you can think of that offer something of value. With sharp vision look over your possessions- what could sell for cash? Be clear in your request to her what portion of her payment would be paid in cash/ what in barter arrangement. Good luck!
Sandra Hess, CPM
Sounds like you are in MI. I'm in s. OH, so too far to help personally but I do a lot of barter. I'm sure if you look hard enough you can find someone closer.
I just wanted to let you know that I, & many midwives like me would be GLAD to take Medicaid, IF they would only accept US!
The daughters name is Wilma Luthy. Ask if her mom stool does midwifery. They all used to be Amish but are mennonite now as am I. Mom might still be Amish tho. Hope that helps. I don't know what she'll barter.