Heather - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )
I am a first time mom and currently 23 weeks along. After doing much research my husband and I desperately want to give birth at home, preferably in the water. I have hit many road blocks though. I live in North Carolina and while it is not illegal to have a home birth, you must have a CNMW preform it and a Dr. to back her up and NO ONE will do it. I have literally had to go "underground" to find people who even do it at all. In South Carolina (30 mins from our home) there are midwives that will do it, but b/c they are doing it "underground" we have to pay out of pocket, which might not be possible. There is a birthing center and hour and a half away, but as a new mom, I dunno if that is realistic or too far away. Besides the fact the insurance may not pay for that either. Anyway, I am looking for any suggestions, advice, encouragement anyone has in this situation. Those of you who do not have this problem are truely blessed!