I really want to have a water birth, at home, but I cannot afford a midwife (especially since it will add up to $16K, by the time I'm done having the four kids I hope to have). I have looked into my insurance, but they will not cover anything outside their hospitals, and do not allow water birth, even if I bring my own tub to the hospital.
This will be my first child, and I don't know if it's necessarily a good idea to head into this blindly (since I have no experience). I have faith in how God designed my body and the instincts He gave me. So I'd like to trust in that and not a doctor who wants to get home in time for dinner. I just don't want to be putting me or my child in unnecessary danger. I'd rather not have the birth of my dreams than have something terrible happen because I didn't take precautions.
However, I desperately want to have a water birth, at home or not. I just need to know if I should even continue to consider the idea.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.