Soooo…. as I’ve mentioned before, we have been planning to do the whole natural childbirth thing with this baby and deliver in a free-standing birthing center. Change of plans. (sort of) We are currently uninsured (long story) and our new insurance from Clay’s job should kick-in November 1st. The problem is, our deductible is really high since we have a health-savings account. And even after that we’re only covered 80%, so we’re going to end-up paying lots of money that we don’t currently have in order to get this baby out. Delivering in the birth center is an extra $2500, $500 of which we would have to pay. That just ain’t worth it.
So, the new plan is—homebirth. We live less than a mile from the birthing center, which is only a few blocks from the hospital. Medically speaking, there is no advantage to delivering at the birthing center over our house. The midwives will bring all of the equipment they use for every birth, and since we live so close to the hospital, if for some reason we had to transfer, it wouldn’t really take any more time. I was leaning toward the BC originally because mentally it’s hard to wrap my mind around having a baby in my living room when my only previous experience was a hospital birth…. and because they have these awesome jacuzzi tubs that I could use during labor. And I wouldn’t have to prepare anything. But, for $500, I’ll take a pass on the jacuzzi tub. Another positive is the Evelyne factor. Since she sleeps 11 hours at night, theoretically I could go through my entire labor and delivery while she stays asleep in her bed and we wouldn’t have to worry about finding someone to watch her if my mom isn’t here. At least, worst-case scenario, if we couldn’t find anyone to watch her if I went into labor during the day, she could just stay here the whole time. (although ideally I’d rather not watch Sesame Street while in labor)
Soooo…. it looks like homebirth it is! I keep looking around my house and wondering where the baby will actually pop-out…that’s a weird thought to get used to!