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I'm currently pregnant with my first and plan to do it natural. We're going to a birth center here in Tampa, FL. I have my first Midwife appt on July 20th - I had been seeing a regular OB but I recently moved from Nebraska to Florida, so I was rather excited to see I had more options here.

At this point, not sure if I'm going to do waterbirth or bed though.

Hope to get to know you all, I'm very excited about all of this Smile

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Yay! Hi Sandra!!

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Congratulations!!!! And awesome for you to have a birth center now Smile

For me, I wasn't sure if I wanted a water birth or not, but I tell you once labor was in full gear, it was going to happen where it felt right at the moment Smile I ended up not delivering in the tub, but did labor there and I can still remember everything about lowering down in the water....it felt so wonderful!

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Welcome and congratulations!

I agree...you don't have to choose yet! You can always get out on dry land...or climb into the tub. Smile I'm a land birther myself, but my twin sister has had water births.

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Well, if i choose water birth its an extra charge. The M/W told me i'm welcome to labor in the water but if we want to birth in there its a 150 dollar charge, which really is nothing. Maybe I'll pay the charge just to keep my options open.

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Welcome and congrats on your pregnancy! That's kind of a pain that they make you pay extra for waterbirth when you can't really know beforehand if you will want to do it. I've never been given the option of waterbirth at the hospitals I've birthed at, but water was really nice for labor.

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Yeah, I thought that was a little odd too, but I wont complain, its the only cost i have associated with prenatal and birth. Since I'm military, they cover pre-natal at 100% of the cost, i have a 1 time 25 dollar copay and that's it.

So, total 175 for prenatal and birth to include the waterbirth as an option.

Downside is this birth center is about a 30-45 min drive depending on traffic, but its a beautiful place. Its a log-cabin type of feel, a wrap around porch with rocking chairs, and a beautiful back area full of trees and and wildlife. You dont get a choice of midwife though, so that's a little bummer. You rotate which midwife you get each visit, and whomever is oncall is the one you birth with at your time.

During the tour, they also said that they send you home after 8 hours, that seems so soon, but then again, I'm used to friends and family having babies in hospitals and staying for a day or two.

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Welcome and Congrats! What branch of the military are you? DH is active duty USMC.

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I'm just a spouse of military Smile DH is AF, but works in a joint-forces squadron - so his supervisor is Navy and his commander is Marine. Sure makes things interesting.

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Another military wifey here!! It sounds like you are starting things off the right way and with great support. That is the most important thing to achieving the birth that you desire!

I have never heard of them making you decide in advance if you want to birth in the water... I wonder if there is some special protocol they have to follow or something? But whatever the case is, I agree to go ahead and pay it just to have the option. My MW said that some people are dead-set on water and then it comes down to it and they don't want anywhere near the tub, and then some swear up and down they will never have a baby in water, but when the babe is coming they won't move lol.

And choices as far as your care is concerned is such a blessing! I can't wait to get to know you better and see you around more Biggrin

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welcome! glad to see another January mama on here Smile

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Congrats to you! Sounds like a wonderful birth center that you found!

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Congratulations and welcome!

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Welcome! I'm also a FTM having a natural birth. I'm planning a homebirth and I'm renting a birth tub. It's fairly expensive, but my midwives say that it can be really wonderful during labor. Whether or not I actually birth in it remains to be seen, but I have to fork out the $$ either way. I'd definitely recommend paying the $150 because you never know how you'll feel at the time. Will they refund you if you don't use it? They should. Anyway, glad to have you here. I've learned a lot so far.

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/wave Glad to see you over here!