It's turning out to be quite the process looking for a midwife and finding out what each one provides and what each one doesn't provide. I'm looking at certified midwifes that way if I happen to hemorrhage and the herbal stuff doesn't work she can give me a shot of pitocin if it's needed with out having to transfer me to a hospital. I would like to avoid any hospital stay as much as possible. Out of the half dozen that are with in an hour of me I have only found one. I've talked to her already and I actually really enjoyed talking to her over the phone. Well I e-mail her to get a little more detail on what she provides and what I need to provide. She lives just a little over an hour away and her office is there as well and I hate driving that far for an appointment, I would do it if I had to though, well she will actually do home visits for the appointments but she charges a little extra. I thought that was so cool! She also said that I would have to provide basically everything else. I would need to order a kit and provide the towels, wash clothes, garbage bags, that sort of thing. I'm also looking at a birth tub as well. I'm thinking this is going to be, after all the dust settles, around $3,000, $1,800 for the birth and then everything else I will have to purchase. They have an awesome BC, it's a converted old, beautiful, house but I really don't want to travel an hour to the BC while in labor and I really want a home birth anyways. The appeal of the center is it would only be $2,000. I'm waiting for her reply back on how much extra home visits will be and that just may be a deciding factor for DH and I. I know DH was already wondering if she would do home visits for the entire pregnancy so I know he will like it.
There is another midwife center that's only a half hour away but none of their midwifes are certified. They charge around $3,000 and provide EVERYTHING.
I'm so glad i'm doing my research now rather than later when I am already expecting. The great thing is, if I decide to go with the certified midwife then I can start getting supply's now so I don't have one HUGE purchase at the end to go along with paying the midwife.
Oye. Looks like lots of praying is ahead for me. As well as possibly some meeting of midwifes.
I don't think I took this much care in choosing my doctor. I just wanted a female OB.