feels good to know I am not alone! And the least expensive (far from cheap) midwife in my area is $3800, NOT including any of the lab work or ultrasounds.
I understand that these wonderful women need to make a living, but I was under the impression that becoming a midwife is something you do because you have a passion for it, you want to help women have the birth they deserve, and you want to provide a service and care that is greatly lacking in the medical community. Also, at least in CA, they don't have to pay the outrageous cost of malpractice insurance, so why do they charge so much and make it such a difficulty for those who really need and want that kind of care to receive it?
I feel like, around here, going to a midwife is so cost inhibitive that it is only for those who either have a bunch of money to pay for PPO insurance that covers it, or for those who just have a bunch of extra money to pay out of pocket, that basically it's just something cool and alternative for people with money to do, but the rest of us have to suffer with the OB and hospital of our HMO's choosing because who can argue with a $100 copay for the hospital delivery and no copay for prenatal visits?
Not that I am not grateful for the good insurance that we have, but if the midwife only charged half of what she currently charges I would gladly pay for it and she would likely be able to help more women and make a better living.