I did when I was pregnant with dd4 (now 2.5). It was definitely well worth the money (£2000) as I was able to have a home-birth after having a c-section nearly 3 years previously to that. I was faced with giving birth on the consultant unit and all the monitoring that they would have felt neccessary . I also didn't feel confident with the community m/w connected to our doctor's surgery. Have you looked at the Independent Midwives Association website?
I did. I had shared care between 2 IMs, it cost £2,975 and was worth every penny. I'm in Hants.
I didn't sign up till I was 36 weeks. DD was suspected breech, which polarised the choice for us to CS or homebirth with experienced IMs.
Even if DD had been cephalic, I think we'd have done the same thing - I had the best birth experience of anyone I know. The antenatal care was great (I only wish I'd done it sooner), but I think it was having so much support post natally that was really worth the money.
I'd call them up and talk to them - its how well you get on with them that's important. If DH really does wince at the price, its worth considering whether you could offer part payment in kind of any sort - one of mine was desperate for decorators, for example.
We have an independant midwife well 2 of them this time around, I found them through the IMA but then got a personal local recommendation about them too, it is costing £3000 and we are in Surrey. Am really hoping for a home VBA3C!
Hi Boobat - your rec was about 5th on my list in terms of closeness to my location. I'm just not sure how far they come out, but since you have had a personal rec, I will contact them and see if I'm close enough.