Organic Baby on a Budget.

I could have written this book. But I didn’t. ECO-nomical Baby Guide, Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet was written by Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley and is to be a guide on green living with baby-on a budget.

It’s a great idea although people who really don’t have money are probably already doing many of the things listed in this book-no offense Joy and Rebecca.

When my (then) boyfriend and I got pregnant back in 1996, we had no money at all. We were pretty much unemployed, and then underemployed. I was on WIC, and got a free car seat out of deal too. Our families did throw us some modest baby showers, but because the news of a baby out-off-wedlock was not exactly welcome, they were not large affairs. When we did marry (when our child was 9 months old) our first tax return showed that we made $10,500 in ’96-jointly.

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Could the Downturn in the Economy Positively Affect Birthing Women?

Every cloud has a silver lining right?  I wonder if the economic problems that are seeming to plague nearly every industry-including health care- might actually end up having a positive affect on the quality of birth experience for pregnant women and for the profession of midwifery as a whole.

Economically, hiring midwives makes sense. Generally speaking, a midwife who is employed by a hospital or birthing center earns anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 a year, (old stats) where as a family physician earns upwards of $120K and an obstetrician can earn $200K or more.  If an established practice or hospital is looking for a birth practitioner to join their group, it would make fiscal sense to consider hiring a nurse-midwife!

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