I cannot emphasize enough how much of the woo and crystal DIY healthcare and home birth shit is taking advantage of the desperation of lower class pregnant women who cannot access healthcare in the United States. There's a reason that so many of those essential oil herbal medicine MLM huns are women on the knife's edge of poverty. A lot of them are in a coverage gap where they make just a smidge too much to qualify for assistance programs but do not make enough to afford medical bills.Im going to PL a bit so non-Americans and women who haven’t had kids can understand the financial motivations of woo stuff. Even though it’s presented as a “upper middle class woman” thing I’ve not really found that to be the case. (Rich upper class women want all the science then go organic woo after they get a perfect healthy baby. In my experience home birth ppl are hippies, religious fundies, etc... but none have much extra money. Women who use drugs (even just smoke weed) opt for home births to avoid the standard drug testing done at hospitals.
Prenatal, delivery and newborn care are expensive in the USA. If you are flat broke Medicaid covers it, but most people with jobs don’t qualify for Medicaid. (I think you need to make less than $18k a year to qualify)
I had good insurance and a baby still cost me $12k all up, and I had no issues and was out of hospital in 24 hours. Lots of people go with home birth and less/no prenatal care because of money - not that Empath would admit that motivation. Even with insurance coverage I still had to pay $150 for each ultrasound done, I think I had like 9 because I wanted everything checked and regularly, I could have had fewer, only 2 or none if I preferred. Cost does factor into this. Given what we know about Empath I’ll guess she had no or crappy insurance so a home birth was appealing just from a cost saving perspective. If you don’t have insurance, are having a home birth and things go south you know you are looking at $100,000 bill if you head to the hospital for an emergency c-section. It’s sadly one of the reasons hesitate to go to the hospital when they should.
Healthcare access and affordability is very much divided along income and class lines. Having health insurance also isn't the same thing as having health care. It doesn't insulate someone from insane healthcare costs and predatory practices like balance billing. A pregnant woman may have health insurance, but that doesn't mean that she can afford to actually utilize the healthcare that the insurance supposedly covers. The "1 SIMPLE TRICK UR DR DOESN'T WANT U TO KNO!!!" marketing starts to sound really appealing to someone who needs to see a doctor but can't. The companies and people that push these worthless snake oils are the scum of the earth.