Well, Dashing Daddy has ONE more week working for the Man, before cutting loose and working for himself (developing his own website--just as Thomas Jefferson imagined the individual self-supporting American!). And we're going to set up some COBRA for insurance but if things take off, we'll have to leap into individual insurance-- not a pretty world, I gather. There's only one doctor (a certain "Dr. Wonderful" as he's known on the interwebz) I care to have during the next several (childbearing) years, so as long as I can see him and go to the hospital around the corner (makes it easy to show up in transition), I'm good. Insurance is otherwise to keep up from losing our home if we get hit by a bus, IMO. But if it turns out that it would actually be cheaper to do so, we could end up even doing homebirths down the line.
Which is why articles (well, not the articles but the facts in them) tick me off.
Big Medicine's blowback on homebirths
Also, a lot of women do not have access to Dr. Wonderfuls or baby friendly hospitals. Heck, home birth is still illegal in some states!!! With doctors ignoring science, pushing drugs that are not approved for birth, pushing inductions and sections to time births better for their holidays and TV watching... we need to have the options of opting out. I'm lucky in that my state allows homebirth (altho there has been gross mistreatment of midwives right here in Cali) and there are LOTS of choices of midwives in my area. It's nice to know that if I so choose, I have that option. Although, for me, it's hard to turn away from what worked so well last time. I did detest being in the hospital afterwards, tho.
Anyway, here's another good article outlining just some of the shocking details about maternal mortality (on the rise in the US-- we have one of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality of any "first world" or even moderately developed country-- hmmm!!!!!!): Revealing the Real Risks: Obstetrical Interventions and Maternal Mortality
It's the science, stupid: the facts don't lie. Interventions lead to increased deaths of mamas and babies. Who wouldn't want to be able to opt out?