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to get to the hospital/birth center where you will deliver? I ask because there is a beautiful new(ish) birth center with three wonderful midwives-- one who is a friend, two who are well known to my friends. They are a free standing, independently owned birth center. Not run by a hospital but only 12 minutes from the closest hospital. They are about 45 minutes away. Now keep in mind that this is January in Michigan!<br><br>
We are currently seeing a CNM that delivers at a city hospital about 30 minutes away. For whatever reason, that extra 15 minutes seems to be my sticking point. The hospital does not allow water births and will probably make me stay 48 hours because I am (was with DD) GBS+. They are great, really, and very natural birth friendly. I had very, very good experience with DD's birth. However, my midwife has been very inaccessible and causing me much frustration and the birthcenter does water births and typically discharges after 6 hours. I *think* that my insurance will cover the birth center. Here is the link <a href="http://www.greenhousebirthcenter.com/" target="_blank">http://www.greenhousebirthcenter.com/</a><br><br>
We are not consider home birth at this time. Let me know whatcha think! Thanks!
 

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I think fifteen more minutes is well worth it, if it is what you want!
 

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I personally wouldnt even want to be half an hour away, but that's because my last labor was only 2 hours total. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think that extra 15 min would be totally worth it, unless you are a precipitous birther like me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I gave birth in MI in February. I can't tell exactly where this birth center is, but I'm going to say- as long as the person driving is familiar with driving in snow, and can make alternate plans for getting there if there is a snow storm (going in earlier, etc), then go for it. My experience was that snow on roads was managed well- it gets cleared fairly efficiently and life goes on (or starts all anew in your case!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ).
 

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I would go for it, too. You have to feel comfortable with where you birth. You obviously have a lot of reasons to want to go there.<br><br>
The midwife that is working with us is more than an hour away, which means a lot of driving for prenatals, but she is our only option for homebirth. But, it is so important to me that I am doing it, even if it means going unassisted on the big day (like if she didn't make it in time -- I am fast, too!). Can you tell I really want to have the baby at home? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks for all of your opinions! We are going to call the insurance today and verify that they really will cover the birth center. If they will, we are going out there next Thursday for their evening open house. We delivered DD in February in Michigan, which was one of my concerns. We got stuck in the driveway, stuck in my Mom's driveway, and then spun out on the freeway. The weather turned nasty quick while I was laboring at home.<br><br>
Thankfully though, the birth center is in the college town where we lived for 8 years or so. We are VERY famliar with the trip there, the roads, etc. and we have several family/friends that live there, including my sister, so if we want, we could go up and labor at one of their houses before heading in.<br><br>
I just had a mom in my local Families for Natural Living group that delivered there and now I am really excited about the possibility! I'll be calling the insurance company at 9am!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I personally wouldnt even want to be half an hour away, but that's because my last labor was only 2 hours total. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I think that extra 15 min would be totally worth it, unless you are a precipitous birther like me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I pretty much can't get to a hospital faster than 30 mins! We live in a populated area but the closest hospitals are about 25 minutes away (of course, there are about 8 I can think of within that range). There is one small satellite hospital about 20 minutes away but I don't know if they even attend births there!
 

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45 minutes isn't bad at all. I'd easily consider driving an hour. If you birth that quickly, I'd just stay home, hehe. My perinatologist and the hospital he's attached to are 45 minutes from me, if metro traffic isn't too bad. There are closer doctors, I'm sure, but I go farther because I think he's worth traveling to see. My midwife is half an hour from me in the oppostie direction, but I sure hope she comes to my home for this birth, rather than me having to trek over to that hospital I dislike, lol.
 

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I'm thinking 45 minutes. I'll have a 35 minute drive myself.
 

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I'm so glad you asked this! I've been wondering the same thing. The ONLY midwife that I can find around here is an hour away. (And it's a hospital based one. She's working on building her own birth center, but it won't be ready until later in 2007.) Since it's my first, I know there's a good chance I'll have a slow enough labor that I'll have time to get there, but still....January in Nebraska....of course, this year it was 75 degrees around that time--just goes to show you never know!<br><br>
Anyway, is the concenus that an hour is worth the drive?
 

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But, I'd go for it.<br>
Actually, I AM going for it. I have to drive two hours to get out of state to get to a MW who does homebirths. And January in Kentucky/Tennessee may mean ice. But I love my MW, and I can have my baby at her house. It's the next best thing to being at my own home. (which is illegal in KY)<br>
I wouldn't trust the local (20 minute away) hospital with a hangnail!
 

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Well... Good news and better news! My insurance will cover "alternative birthing arrangments including clinics not attached to hospitals that are attended by liscenced practicitioners." That's not a direct quote but what I was told by the person on the phone, who initially thought I was crazy and made me repeat "free standing birth center" like four times and asked for clarification. They cover at the same rate they do for hospital based OB care! How cool! It sounds like a homebirth attended by a CNM would also be covered...<br><br>
I also talked to the birth center and they will most likely see me. I am moderate/high risk because I only have one kidney. They however, don't have a set "rule" about who they will and won't see, they judge it individually and said I sound like "a great candidate for the birth center!" Yeah! We go up either tommorrow night or next Thursday for their tour and we'll go from there.
 

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If you're already driving half an hour, an extra 15 minutes isn't that much, particularly if you leave early enough in labor that you aren't in terrible discomfort the whole time. And going to a freestanding BC I can't imagine you'd pay the same consequences going in early as you might going to a hospital! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But, I'd go for it.<br>
Actually, I AM going for it. I have to drive two hours to get out of state to get to a MW who does homebirths. And January in Kentucky/Tennessee may mean ice. But I love my MW, and I can have my baby at her house. It's the next best thing to being at my own home. (which is illegal in KY)<br>
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I have a friend in the upper pennisula of Michigan who is two hours from the closest OB! She has to drive two hours for all of her visits and to birth. With her ds she drove into town and rented a hotel room when she went into labor. It makes be grateful for alll the birth choices I have in my area. I guess it is all the perspective, you know? For whatever reason 45 minutes sounded like alot, I'm not sure I'ld go an hour, but really, if my second labor is like my first, it shouldn't be an issue.
 

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I am driving 45 minutes to get to my Dr. and the hospital is there also. There is a hospital 2 min. away, but we had a good experience at the other hopsital the first time, so I don't want to change.
 

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I'm driving about an hour to the closest birth center covered by my insurance. I don't anticipate a super fast labor, though with DD #1 it didn't take long. We are just going to have everything ready to drive up there once labor starts or my water breaks, and have accepted the possibility that we might drive up there a few times before the labor is "real". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My midwife (also in Michigan....SE Michigan) was a 45 minute drive for my last 2 pregnancies. I've now moved and she's only 15 minutes away, if that, which is good since I'm having a home birth and I tend to go very fast.
 
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