Quoting Kastraea:" Fortunately the Midwives I have spoken with in my area all take Medicaid. Which is a blessing and in ... [snip!] ... mommas who want the experience. I <heart> C what brought you to your decision to steer away from the hospital route?"
Well, the insurance I had only allowed certain hospitals for me to birth at and we weren't content with the hospitals we toured nor with the few OBGYNs we seen. We figured since we hadn't had our kid and were due to get our tax return right after he was born, we'd just use tax money for the labor and birth at the birth center instead. I searched the internet for HOURS to find the birth center and once I found it, went to meet the midwives and see the place, I KNEW this was where we needed to be. The birth center I had him at is the ONLY free standing birth center throughout all of Colorado that isn't attached to a hospital.
I also knew I wanted a natural birth with low intervention and I felt the hospitals that were covered by our insurance weren't into that so it scared me away basically.
Now, I have a different insurance and better hospitals to chose from. If I don't have money for another birth center birth second time around, I am not against the hospitals my current insurance covers. They have birth tubs, encourage breastfeeding, aromatherapy before pain meds, etc.