Thanks for taking the time to answer some of our questions. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth was an invaluable resource for me while I was pregnant with my son. If you have time, I have a question for you as well.
Recently I had to transfer to the hospital from a planned homebirth for the birth of my son. He was born at midnight and later that morning I felt like we were both ready to go home (no health complications, both healthy). My midwife discharged me but the HMO pediatrician wouldn't discharge my son until he stayed 48 hours. After I said I wanted to leave anyway, he said we could leave "Against Medical Advice" but that if I did, my insurance wouldn't pay for any of my son's charges from the hospital. Since it was a Saturday, I couldn't contact my HMO billing department until Monday morning, so we decided to stay so we didn't risk having a bill we couldn't afford. Is this true? I understand if you don't know about insurance details, but are you aware of this as a tactic for doctors to coerce patients to do what they want? I can barely afford the charges that we did incur, let alone pay for the entire amount.