Originally Posted by K-Mom3
You also could consider a birth center birth. It definitely isn't the same as home birth but it is better than a hospital and you don't have the same legal difficulties as with a home birth. I have friends who go to this one and really like it:
Thanks. Yes. I have looked into that birth center. For me, though, I'd have to rent a car to get there. And, never minding the feasibility and expense of that, I don't know which is worse, traveling while in labor or buckling in an hours old newborn (BTDT).
But, what are the legal difficulties with home birth? I've had two at home so far and can't imagine a problem unless I had a midwife there. But since I am considering that option now, home or otherwise, that point would be moot. Are there legal issues specific to home birth or just the use of a doctor/midwife?
I'm thinking I am low risk and so going to a hospital or birth center would actually increase the chance of an unfortunate event. I just wish I had more choices. I wish I could hire a midwife to talk to, order labs, if we decided they were needed, and just be in touch if something came up. So far, it seems that everyone I've talked to is interested in managing my pregnancy and birth according to policies set up in their various institutions. And so far, too many of those policies are not evidence based.
In the interest of safety, sounds like I might have to forgo assistance again. It's just so much work doing this on my own! Well, raising kids isn't supposed to be without its challenges.
Still looking...but not hopeful.