I wanted to check and see if anyone else is committed to, or considering, an out of hospital birth.
I'm birthing here: Alma Midwifery Center in SE Portland. I feel supported, respected and excellently taken care of when I walk in the doors. My efforts towards super healthy eating are commended. HOWEVER: My uterus is measuring really big according to the midwife, and she recommended we ultrasound ASAP to determine if I'm having multips.
I'm utilizing my Kaiser permanente insurance to cover ultrasounds/blood works while it lasts and this is INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING. For example: my prenatal appointment yesterday at Kaiser? Phone representative "accidentally" misscheduled me with a Physician's Assistant in INTERNAL MEDICINE who immediately admitted she couldn't help me and proceeded to berate me about my choice for an out of hospital birth until I cried.
Fortunately we got our co-pay back and have a appointment with (hopefully) the correct person in a week, but I'm more than sick and tired of misscheduled appointments, lost appointments, and their OB/GYN help nurse who'd never heard of a nuchal scan. I've literally decided to start briefly stating "religious reasons" when they ask why I am choosing to birth away from Kaiser just so I can quickly end the conversation
Sorry that this is so quickly degenerating into a huge ranty rant...but I guess I'm really curious to see who else is birthing out of hospital, and why they came to that decision!