Preparing for the birth of a child takes a lot of planning. This is especially true for those who have strong opinions about what their birth experience should be like.
For instance, those who wish to experience a natural birth must seek out a care provider who is willing to honor their wishes. For those who want to experience a home birth or birth center birth, the planning often feels even more complicated.
You see, many insurance companies have yet to compensate midwives of their clients for births that take place at home. This means many women are left feeling as though giving birth in the comfort of her own home is a luxury she can’t afford. This should never be the case, as a homebirth is a wonderful experience that every mama should have the opportunity to choose for herself and her little one.
Hopefully someday soon, this will no longer be a problem and insurance companies will see the numerous benefits of allowing healthy women to labor and deliver in their bedrooms, living rooms, or wherever they see fit. Until that time comes, however, it is important that we empower mothers who desire homebirths with options.
Fortunately, there are options. Most midwives can take payments from HSA or Medical Savings Accounts. There are midwives who are willing to accept payment plans. Finally, there is always the option of making some quick, easy money in the months leading up to the birth of your little one in order to cover the costs of a homebirth or birth center birth.
When this option is presented, some women balk at the idea, wondering how they could possibly find work suitable for a pregnant woman. However, the truth of the matter is that there are plenty of side hustles out there that could easily bring in enough to cover the expenses of Midwifery care. Moreover, these gigs are not physically demanding, meaning a healthy mama-to-be could handle them without an issue.
What are these great side job options? Well, there are far too many to list in one article, but we will give you a few ideas and let you take it from there.
Sit for Someone
Babysitting, housesitting, and petsitting are all great ways to make some quick cash. There is always someone out there looking for a sitter, and by advertising in your community, you are sure to drum up some business. If you want to get more serious, consider creating accounts on care.com, petsitter.com, and mindmyhouse.com.
Drive Your Car
If you have a car and a driver’s license, you have a way to make money. Companies such as Uber and Lyft make it possible to make some pretty good money just driving people around. Meanwhile, companies like TaskRabbit and Shipt allow you to be paid to run errands for others. A pretty great way to make a few extra bucks!
Sell Your Stuff
As a mama-to-be, it’s fairly likely you'll experience the nesting urge at some point during your pregnancy. Use this to your financial advantage by purging old, unneeded items and selling them. Garage sales are great, but they’re also a lot of work and sometimes require heavy lifting.
Instead of putting in all that effort, try listing items on Craigslist, Facebook sales pages, and even Ebay.
Are you a well-trained pianist? Maybe you’re really great at math. Whatever your special skill happens to be, it’s probable that there is somebody willing to pay you to teach them that skill, making teaching a great money-making opportunity.
From baking classes and writing workshops to private singing lessons and online finance courses, there are a number of ways to jump on the teaching train and make some quick cash.
Add to Your Registry
Working for extra money is the most effective way to bring in those extra bucks. That said, some people truly do not have the ability to squeeze in any extra work. Additionally, there are those who do put in the extra work but are still coming up a few dollars short. In both of these cases, you might consider adding Midwifery costs to your baby registry. While this might seem impolite, it is actually perfectly acceptable as long as you specify what the funds will be used for and use them for that purpose.
These are just a few of the many ways you can make some extra money to cover the birth of your dreams. Use one of these ideas or think outside the box and come up with your own. Either way, Midwifery care will be something you are likely to appreciate forever.
At Spirited Birth Services, we offer flexible payment plans and medicaid and full pay discounts. Spots are limited. Contact me today to schedule your free consultation!