Once you birth at home, you never roam…..?
What do you do if your trusted midwife has raised the rates by more than double (almost triple) and you aren’t sure where the cash will come from? I’ve birthed at the local hospital and I’ve birthed at home and I strongly prefer the latter. However….
We are heavily in debt and just about to go more so into debt, in order to make our house energy-efficient and green (big investment on the front side, amazing energy efficiency and low cost heating from here on out, getting us off of the pricey and not-green oil option that we are currently using to heat our home).
My trusted midwife’s fee has gone from some hundreds to a couple thousand and I just don’t know if I feel good about us scraping together that sum of cash so that I can spend a few hours at home rather than in the hospital. My births have been quick, previously, and that puts me in a high likelihood of a very speedy third birth (although anything can happen). The local university hospital allows you to leave as soon as a doctor has checked out your newborn baby and given the okay, so in theory I could go there for a couple of hours, and then come home. Most likely scenario is that by the time we arrive there, it is just minutes, or a couple hours at most before the whole process has culminated and mama and babe are ready to bundle up and go home (it’s only a twenty minute drive). In either scenario, I’d have a lovely doula attending to my emotional support needs, as well as my fiance. Both would strive to keep interventions away and allow a natural, home-like birth to occur in the hospital.
I hate to make the decision because of unwillingness to spend the cold, hard cash, but then again it’s a lot of cash and cash flow is not our strong suite right now, just months after buying our dream home. That’s money that we could use for many, many other costs at the moment as our family expands, and in a few hours it’ll be over either way. How badly do I want to soak in my own personal jacuzzi bathtub during labor? Two thousand dollars badly? Gotta think….. tough call!!!!