My DH and I are meeting with a home-birth midwife on Tuesday and I would love some suggested questions to ask.If we go forward with this it will be our first home-birth, I'm getting excited about it. My last baby was completely med free in the hospital and it was a great experience. Thanks!
So dh and i met her today and we both really liked her, she seemed very knowledgeable in birth and has over 38 years of experience. however i have a few questions.
number 1 being that she is not licensed, she said that she has chosen not to be because she thinks the state keeps track of them (midwifes) and tries to get rid of them then. I'm not sure how I feel about that. She still has all the equipment like oxygen and pit shots and those sort of things and she brings you all the stuff for a birth cert and SS cards.
number 2, she takes on more risky moms, like VBACs, twins and breech. I tend to er on the side of caution, so that makes me worry that she would push my limits of being comfortable if something were to go wrong. However she lives very close to me, like 15 mins away, and we have an awesome ambulance service here that is free. But the hospital is about 45 min away.
Right now I'm on the fence. My hospital experiences have been good. And I really like my OB, he is really awesome about letting me do my own thing. But getting last minute child care is going to be a pain in the but if I were to have a hospital birth. If I have a home birth, my kids could stay home with us. However I have no family support for a home birth, my parents would try scare tactics. If they knew I was looking into this they would freak.
I always worry about that what-if situation.
Does anyone have a good resource on home birth laws in WA state? I'm having a hard time finding anything useful.
advice, guidance and opinions would be great.