I just found out that I am pregnant with our second!
I was researching and planning for a home birth with this one. My last was an induction and although I had an amazing birth, I did end up with an epi because the pitocin was killing me. My body had a major overreaction to the pit and I had 3 contractions in a row with one minute between for 2 hours with no progress. I know I wasn't progressing because I was so tense, I just couldn't even catch my breath. The epi was wonderful, I dilated from 4 to complete in seven minutes and had complete control over my legs and everything. I even reached down and pulled DD out and onto my chest.
I just found out that our insurance covers everything for a hospital birth and nothing for a home birth. The midwife my friends have used for home birth charges $2800 for prenatal, birth, and pp services. This seems pretty reasonable to me. However, my birth could be free.
What would you do in my shoes?
I don't have a problem insisting on what I want at the hospital, as far as no interventions, ect. But I do have a feeling that I will not end up with a NCB at the hospital. I had a great epi before and would probably cave and get one again because it'd always be an option in the back of my mind. Being at home where that's not an option would settle my mind and I know I'd have a great natural birth.
Also, has anyone had labor with pit and labor without? What was the difference in feeling? I was handling the pit contractions just fine until they started piling on top of each other without a break.
Thanks for your thoughts!