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Twinkle August 1st, 2007 06:03 AM

Hi everyone. My name is Christine, and I just found out this past weekend I'm due with #3 in April. I think DH and I are seriously leaning towards a homebirth this time around.... I'll give you a little background on me...

With my first, Lily, I had an uneventful pregnancy, I saw a group of 6 OBs and delivered at a hospital. I had never met the doctor that delivered Lily, it was her first day at the hospital. I sat in triage for over 12 hours, had a highly medicalized birth, complete with pitocin and an epidural. My entire labor was over 20 hours long. I didn't receive any breastfeeding support at the hospital, and Lily and I had major latch issues so I ended up pumping for about 6 months.

With my second, Julia, I was determined not to have a repeat of that again. I wanted a natural intervention free birth. I found a midwife in our area that delivered at a hospital that had a seperate birthing center. I had another uncomplicated pregnancy, and a wonderful natural waterbirth. From the time I got to the hospital until I delivered, it was about 4 hours. I was up walking around right after, Julia had no problems nursing, and I left the center a day early. It was great.

Now that I'm pregnant with #3, I wouldn't mind going that route again, however our health insurance has changed and going to that center and having my midwife isn't an option. The only hospital my insurance would be taken at is the hospital I had Lily at. I refuse to go there. So it is looking like a homebirth is a real possibility. I found two different CNMs that do homebirths in my area, and have appointments with each next week. Dh isn't "completely" on board, but he says I can do whatever I want. He just doesn't understand why we pay so much for health insurance and I'd pay out of pocket for this. The quotes I've been getting for a homebirth are around 4,000.... does that seem about right?

MrsPil August 1st, 2007 05:21 PM

Welcome! I've often wondered why we pay for insurance that doesn't cover anything, but I still have no answers. I'm glad that your husband is at least open to doing a homebirth! Have a happy healthy nine months!

CharmieCM August 2nd, 2007 08:27 PM

Have you looked into CPMs? I don't know what area you're in, but my fee is high at $2800. A 4 bedroom, 2000 square foot house (not new development) runs around $180,000 here, to give you an idea of where we sit economically.

CNMs are typically higher in fees because they have spent more money in their education and they are required in most states to carry (very expensive!) malpractice insurance. A CPM has less overhead and doesn't carry malpractice insurance, so the fee might be less, if you're in a state where CPMs are practicing.

Let us know how the meetings with the midwives go, and if any other options come up!

Twinkle August 5th, 2007 03:17 PM

I'm not sure how I would go about finding a CPM. I've done a lot of searches for midwives in NY, in our area, and have contacted everyone I've found online. I also joined a meetup group of local homebirthers, and really haven't found any new names or leads there. I think for right now, we are just going to meet with the midwives, get to know them, ask our questions, etc. Then when our new insurance picks us up in Sept, we will contact our insurance company and see what if anything they will cover.


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