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HBAC in NJ - is it legal

post #1 of 14
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I just had an e-mail from a homebirth midwife stating that it's illegal in NJ to have an HBAC and thet she recommends a birth in a hospital. I don't want to go in a hospital again and apparently there is no birthing center that is willing to take me. How can I find out if it's really illegal to have HBAC and even it is illegal what if I find a midwife who is willing to do it, will the insurance cover it?
post #2 of 14
While I don't know if it's legal for a midwife to attend a HBAC, it's certainly not illegal to give birth at home. You can give birth wherever you want. Imagine all the women that have an oops at their house being arrested! Jails would be full
post #3 of 14
I found out about the legalities of HBAC just by looking at my state's MW requirements (basically, I found the list of who they could not, by law, attend).

HBAC is illegal in my state, but I managed to find an unlicensed (previously licensed w/25 years experience, though) MW to attend me at home. Some licensed MWs in my area will do a HBAC "under the table," but none would take me since I have an unproven pelvis.
post #4 of 14
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I got a second answer from another MW that midwives can't attend HBAC in NJ legally.
Now that leaves my other question how the insurance will pay for something that it's not legal. Does anybody have experience with it? I can find a MW to attend but how I'm gonna make them pay for it afterwards?
post #5 of 14
I called my insurance company to ask them those questions and they basically said that, b/c I would have to give them her name (so they could pay her), it could incriminate her and get her in trouble.

We are paying out of pocket, but we probably aren't paying any more than we would if we had a hospital birth (my MW's total fee is just over $2000).
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by rumi79 View Post
I got a second answer from another MW that midwives can't attend HBAC in NJ legally.
Now that leaves my other question how the insurance will pay for something that it's not legal. Does anybody have experience with it? I can find a MW to attend but how I'm gonna make them pay for it afterwards?
Can you get them to cover the prenatal care with a MW (nothing illegal there) and then pay for the birth portion yourself out of picket?
post #7 of 14
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Unfortunatelly no, because money are really tight.
I feel fooled and disappointed, it's not enough that was still blaiming myself for my previous c-sec but now i have to take this. I can't have unassisted birth because my husband will panic, no help there. May be I can rent a room for a week in Philadelphia and give birth there? Anybody done that? Sounds crazy...hospital is the way.....
post #8 of 14
are there any birth centers in PA you could go to? (not sure about their policies regarding VBACs).
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by rumi79 View Post
May be I can rent a room for a week in Philadelphia and give birth there? Anybody done that? Sounds crazy...hospital is the way.....
Does not sound crazy- I'm sure it's been done! Do what ya gotta do!
post #10 of 14

I am wondering what midwives you found to attend, under the table. I will be in the same situation when I get pregnant. We just moved from CT where I could do an HBAC to NJ where I apparently cant...Would love some MW suggestions. We plan to get pregnant soon.

post #11 of 14

Hi there - all I can suggest is calling around and sending emails with as much information as you are comfortable sharing with prospective HB midwives in the NY, NJ and PA area to see if anyone may be willing to assist. It's closely guarded information, rightfully so.

 

I've decided to travel for my birth instead to have this baby out of the hospital but was lucky to have found some great and varied options and know that not all doors were shut to me.

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Catwmandu View Post
 

Hi there - all I can suggest is calling around and sending emails with as much information as you are comfortable sharing with prospective HB midwives in the NY, NJ and PA area to see if anyone may be willing to assist. It's closely guarded information, rightfully so.

 

I've decided to travel for my birth instead to have this baby out of the hospital but was lucky to have found some great and varied options and know that not all doors were shut to me.

 

May I ask where you are traveling to?

post #13 of 14

Hi there! South Central PA but waiting to meet again with midwife to make final determination on one willing to come to me.

post #14 of 14

Were you able to find a midwife in NJ that you were happy with?  I’m in Central NJ, willing to travel, and looking to have a HBAC. 

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