Using A Midwife – One Year Later – Financials

As many of you know our son, lil’ SPF was born nearly a year ago here at home. We had a beautiful birthing experience and we consider ourselves very lucky that all went well and I am healthy and happy and so is lil’ SPF.

Now that I have had several months to reflect on the whole experience (and now have some time to write this follow up) I want to share with you why SPF and I still believe that choosing a midwife was a financially sound decision and a better overall experience for myself as a first time mother.

Financially sound decision:

As I mentioned in my first post on midwifery, using a midwife in Canada does not cost you more than using an OB to see you through your pregnancy. However I do believe that using a midwife, particularly for a home birth is a better use of my tax dollars.

It’s cheaper to have a baby at home! There are many expenses you can avoid if you have a midwife and a homebirth.

First: food. Once you are in labour you are not allowed to eat anything if you are in a hospital. At home it’s up to you. I personally, did not want to eat. I did take in a lot of fluids however. If you are in the hospital…well let’s face it, how many people are going to pack a thermos and juice boxes in their overnight bags? More likely they will be hitting up the cafeteria and vending machines to keep momma hydrated.

A week or so before I had lil’ SPF I made a big batch of labourade (like Gatorade but homemade so no artificial ingredients and the only source of sugar is honey). This is a great thing to drink to keep you hydrated while labouring as well as keep your electrolytes at normal levels. SPF always kept my glass full of ice cubes of labourade in juice or water.

Once you have given birth, whether you are in the hospital or at home, you can and will want to eat food…lots of it! Of course hospitals have food for Momma and maybe even for her partner but what if you don’t like it? Or you have special dietary requirements? At home, you can stock the fridge and pantry ahead of time with healthy snacks and meals you love. For instance I made sure we had yogurt, granola, bread, eggs and nuts at home. Continue reading Using A Midwife – One Year Later – Financials

Green Tip #242: Sharing Toys

Anyone who has looked after kids knows that they have short attention spans. Moreover babies grow at such a rapid pace in their first year that a toy that was intriguing and difficult to manipulable one month is easy and boring the next. So you go through a lot of toys, keeping them entertained and aiding in their development. You can spend a lot of money on 1st year kids toys.

SPF and I have bought toys both new and used and received others as gifts for lil’ SPF.

I was recently very happy to discover a toy library in town recently. It is part of a government subsidized family resource center which hosts drop in playgroups every week, teen parent support suppers, baby massage and sign language classes among many other great services. Kids can rent 2 toys and 3 books per month. Lil’ SPF and I have taken out a couple of toys now and he seems to enjoy them.

Not every town has such a program but if you don’t you could start one! Either through an existing family center such as ours or a church group. Or perhaps even simpler, set one up with some other parents you know with kids around the same age and trade toys. The kids will be happy with these “new” toys and you won’t have to spend a ton of money.

Added bonus as always with our Green Tips: less resources, production and shipping which helps our environment. Back to the good old days.  Win-win.

Would you think of using or creating a toy co-op?  How about borrowing toys from the library or trading with other Moms?

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