I am only five weeks pregnant so I still have quite a bit of time to think about this, but I do know that I'm supposed to go get check-ups every month at this point. However, odds are I'm moving in a month and a half from Chicago to NYC because I can have stable housing there for six months. However, that still means that at three months pregnant I'll be looking for somewhere new to live. Hopefully I'll be able to get a job and work for awhile (anyone know how long I can realistically expect to work before my due date?), but it still means I have a really unstable housing situation. I want to know, if, at six months, if I need to be committed to one health care professional or if I could change again if I need to move out of that city again. Also, and perhaps this might be more to the point, does anyone have advice about finding affordable housing as well? Because I *do* want somewhere stable to live, but right now *nothing* seems practical on the low-paying jobs that are available to someone with as little of education as me. Also, I don't have insurance. So, I know I'm *supposed* to see someone on a monthly basis, but is that really necessary? If price wasn't an issue, my preference would be to have a midwife, but I want to know: what is the cheapest way to have a baby (with a health care attendant present) if you are paying completely out of pocket?