(Closed) In home birth with dula or midwife vs. hospital

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
2536 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I looked into this, but the only midwives I could find didn’t have any medical training. The best they had was an expired infant CPR certification. I truly wanted a home birth, but you must be careful in picking who helps you deliver. They need to have some kind of medical training other than “I’ve delivered ## babies.”

Post # 18
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would just like to add that even if your mother or other relatives have had a bad birthing experience it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will.

My mother had 3 children. She was induced with 2 and laboured for almost 24 hours. She says that giving birth was the most traumatizing thing she has ever done and really scared me about it before I gave birth.

I laboured for 6 hours from start to finish and seriously, I have had worse pain at the dentists than giving birth. Everything went smoothly and I would have gladly done it again the next day if given the choice.

Post # 19
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@MissDallasCowboy i am in texas, but private maternity insurance aka “maternity riders” for individuals is a dying policy, some people may be grandfathered in with their policy but my policy is only about 18 months old, the other maternity only plans were kind of pointless and very expensive. I was happy and suprised about how willing the hospital was to negotiate prices and pre-payments. When i worked for a company i had great coverage, but never needed it.

When i spoke with my insurance company they said, they do cover emergency c-section on a case by case basis, only if the mothers life is in danger, the child is only their customer after it is born, so if the baby is in danger it does not warrant a c-section to be covered. They simply do not cover other routine pre-natal maternity care, birth, etc. They cover some complications but only on a case by case basis, with all proper supporting documentation etc. Then after the child is born we need to call asap and pay a start premium and then well baby and other coverage for the child will begin.

I just made sure i got everything in writing so i can let my physician know all of this when the time comes, if we have to have a c-section i want to make sure we have the supporting documentation etc, becuase a c-section will probably at least double the cost.

Post # 20
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i echo 

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@peaches1038,i’m really interested in having a doula but they are definitely not covered by insurance. you may do just fine without a doula as long as you have someone (a partner, a sister, a mom) to be with you throughout the pregnancy to really help you focus and support you through the pain. since they’re an extra expense, i’ll only be getting one if i absolutely feel like i need it.

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