I’ve been thinking a lot about investment.
How much did/would you spend on your wedding?
How much are you prepared to spend on your pregnancy and birth?
The average Australian wedding costs somewhere between $36,000 and $65,000 (depending on which source you believe). That’s a lot of coin!
Let’s be clear about something from the get-go. I’m not saying that the more you spend on your birth, the better your outcomes will be. I for one chose the public hospital system over the private hospital system because my research showed me that I was likely to have less intervention in the public system (private care can cost thousands, and public care can cost zero). The key word here though is ‘research’.
So, I chose not to use my money to go ‘private’, I instead spent money on birth preparation and support to help me navigate the public system and to know how my body worked. I read quality information, I learnt about birth through independent childbirth education classes (and a breastfeeding class), I attended hospital classes, and I hired a doula.
I am finding that there does seem to be an overall reluctance to invest in our preparation for birth. Instead many women are choosing to just ‘go with the flow’. This isn’t always a wise option. I am ALL for ‘going with the flow’, once you’ve spent some time doing your research and becoming informed…but, ‘going with the flow’ without information can in itself be a risky option.
So, back to investment. Go out and spend some money on Independent Childbirth Education – I won’t be offended if you don’t choose my course, there are lots of options out there, and I’m all for options! You’ll usually spend somewhere between $300 and $1000 depending on the course, but it could be your BEST investment yet. Or, how about hiring a doula or a private midwife (have you considered a home birth?).
Once again…how much was your wedding?
Putting my money where my mouth is…our wedding was approximately $2000 all up and we spent close to that on birth preparation and support. If I had to choose between the two, I’d choose to invest in my birth EVERY SINGLE TIME. I planned my wedding in 36 days (yes, you read that right!), but spent about 18 months preparing for my pregnancy and birth (seems like a long time, yes? My preparation for pregnancy involved getting my body and mind well before even considering conception).
So, what price would you put on feeling confident, calm, informed and well-supported throughout your pregnancy and birth?
Elyse Jamieson – Hypnobirthing Practitioner & Doula
Servicing Phillip Island, Inverloch, Leongatha, and surrounding areas.