My name is Jeannine and I found out just a few weeks ago that I am going to have a baby. I contacted the Morningstar Birth Center in Wisconsin and have chosen to have my baby via a midwife (thank your movie and Pregnancy in America for that). I have done ample research on home birth and I live two blocks from the hospital that would be my back up plan. Everything seems great right? Nope.
I called my regular clinic to see if I could see them for my prenatal exams. They are denying me services based on the fact that I even brought up Morningstar as an option. Apparently, it doesn't matter that my insurance won't cover me at the birthing center. They refuse to take liability for anything. But I don't need them to be liable for much, when the only thing I want is the end result: a baby born at home via a midwife.
The same goes for the other clinic corporation and the city department of health. Apparently, although millions of women around the world give birth each day and aren't in a hospital, it isn't safe for me, a US citizen to choose where I give birth. I am being made to feel like a criminal for even thinking about it.
What can I do? I need to get started on my prenatal exams, but no one who will take insurance wants to see me because I am a liability risk of some sort. The midwife can do my prenatals, but my insurance won't pay much if anything because she is out of network. The insurance company won't even consider letting me do home birth and my midwife won't be considered for in-network status because she doesn't carry malpractice insurance and doesn't work through a doctor.
My midwife has suggested that I lie about her. I am started out my motherhood as a liar. I don't like that. It's not good to tell my child that I had to lie because otherwise she/he couldn't have been born at home. And that lying is okay.