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Dkc

Despite the regulations, Alaska is an excellent place to be a midwife because its much easier to get paid. Half of all births are Medicaid. Unlike most states, Alaska medicaid (Denali Kid Care) covers homebirth and birthing centers. If you are in a rural area you most likely will get an especially warm welcome because of the lack of services. We'd love to have you!
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Despite the regulations, Alaska is an excellent place to be a midwife because its much easier to get paid. Half of all births are Medicaid. Unlike most states, Alaska medicaid (Denali Kid Care) covers homebirth and birthing centers. If you are in a rural area you most likely will get an especially warm welcome because of the lack of services. We'd love to have you!
You know, I hadn't thought of that, but it is very true. I have a friend in southwest Alaska, and she desperately wanted a midwife attended birth.. Well, she flew into Anchorage, got a crash course in an essentially private day and a half childbirth class, got her bloodwork checked and gave birth two weeks later. I am not sure how much prenatal care she ended up with all told (I am sure she had some done with a nurse or someone where she was) but I am sure it wasn't as much as she would have liked with a midwife..
post #23 of 34
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Despite the regulations, Alaska is an excellent place to be a midwife because its much easier to get paid. Half of all births are Medicaid. Unlike most states, Alaska medicaid (Denali Kid Care) covers homebirth and birthing centers. If you are in a rural area you most likely will get an especially warm welcome because of the lack of services. We'd love to have you!
You're so right! I really wish Tricare would get on the band wagon and start paying for midwives and hombirths.
post #24 of 34
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What is M and E?

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Look at that M and E! Career opportunities in Kodiak and Ketchikan!
Honestly, I'm not becoming a Midwife for the income. It sounds like it would be easier to be paid, but I really want to specialize in VBAC, breech, and twins. It's not a big deal here to have a midwife attend a VBAC or breech and my heart really goes out to the mamas in AK who don't even have the opportunity or are shot down 99% of the time by regular OB's. A laboring woman is more likely to die from a c-section than a ruptured uterus from a VBAC! How ridiculous is that? Women need support. IF WE GO TO AK, then I probably would be a huge advocate trying to push the regulations.

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Despite the regulations, Alaska is an excellent place to be a midwife because its much easier to get paid. Half of all births are Medicaid. Unlike most states, Alaska medicaid (Denali Kid Care) covers homebirth and birthing centers. If you are in a rural area you most likely will get an especially warm welcome because of the lack of services. We'd love to have you!
post #25 of 34
M is me (Mistee) and E is Elke, another MDC momma on here (HBACtivisit).
post #26 of 34
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What is M and E?

Yes, I was not sure about writing others names on here. But Mistee answered you on that one!

Honestly, I'm not becoming a Midwife for the income. It sounds like it would be easier to be paid, but I really want to specialize in VBAC, breech, and twins. It's not a big deal here to have a midwife attend a VBAC or breech and my heart really goes out to the mamas in AK who don't even have the opportunity or are shot down 99% of the time by regular OB's. A laboring woman is more likely to die from a c-section than a ruptured uterus from a VBAC! How ridiculous is that? Women need support. IF WE GO TO AK, then I probably would be a huge advocate trying to push the regulations.

This is where my heart lies as well. You can still get paid for what you do. But you would not be able to get licensed here until the regs change.
post #27 of 34
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It's very hard for an un-licensed MW to get clients since she cannot advertise or else the boards come after you. It just takes a long time to get clients by word-of-mouth only and no websites or a business name.

I appreciate your ladies' help though. DH isn't positive if he wants to move us there now and put the kids and I thru all of it, just for his dreams. I'm completely supportive, but I think he's also scared of not passing the academy. Who knows?

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This is where my heart lies as well. You can still get paid for what you do. But you would not be able to get licensed here until the regs change.
post #28 of 34
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It's very hard for an un-licensed MW to get clients since she cannot advertise or else the boards come after you. It just takes a long time to get clients by word-of-mouth only and no websites or a business name.

I appreciate your ladies' help though. DH isn't positive if he wants to move us there now and put the kids and I thru all of it, just for his dreams. I'm completely supportive, but I think he's also scared of not passing the academy. Who knows?
I'm not so sure about that. The one lady I spoke too seemed to be doing quite well. Has been a midwife for 25 years and is the main source of income for their family. A new midwife will definitely have to get into the right circles but you already know some of the right people right here on this board.
post #29 of 34
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I agree that CPM's are restricted here, and I wish they could do more, but I also think we are pretty lucky up here. We have really good support from consumers, a great midwife community, and, while there have been some bad experiences, we actually have pretty good support from the larger medical system. The mw I am apprenticing with, and she's been a midwife up here since 1992, has not had a bad transfer experience and is happy with the support she gets from the medical system.


For those who do want to VBAC or twins or breech, get a traveling midwife. I know of one unlicensed mw in Alaska who will travel around the state for women. What is unfortunate is that few people know about her, obviously, so many of those who would like a homebirth for "high risk" pg, may not know about her. I was one of those, and I wish I had known of her. Anyway, so if you chose to go unlicensed, you would probably get plenty of business with VBAC's alone...[/quote

Hi. How can I get in touch with this midwife?
post #30 of 34
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Despite the regulations, Alaska is an excellent place to be a midwife because its much easier to get paid. Half of all births are Medicaid. Unlike most states, Alaska medicaid (Denali Kid Care) covers homebirth and birthing centers. If you are in a rural area you most likely will get an especially warm welcome because of the lack of services. We'd love to have you!


Interesting this thread popped up again. Turns out there is a HUGE issue with Medicaid right now and if things dont change, the midwives will no longer be accepting DKC as it is too restrictive.  I'll keep you all posted.

post #31 of 34
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Interesting this thread popped up again. Turns out there is a HUGE issue with Medicaid right now and if things dont change, the midwives will no longer be accepting DKC as it is too restrictive.  I'll keep you all posted.
What?! That's awful greensad.gif does Medicaid not understand that they are saving thousands of dollars by allowing those on it to have OOH births?
post #32 of 34
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What?! That's awful greensad.gif does Medicaid not understand that they are saving thousands of dollars by allowing those on it to have OOH births?


Technically it's not medicaid but the auditing company they hired.

The midwives all banding together and sending in their appeals right now.

post #33 of 34

Hi, my family will likely be moving to Anchorage in a few months and I am due with my 3rd in Feb.  I know this thread is a few years old, but I am super interested in finding the travelling midwife.  Does anyone know how to contact her?  My first birth was c section, my second an amazing unmedicated VBAC, but from what I have learned I still wouldn't be eligible to birth at home or at a birthing center b/c of the first section.  I am absolutely not going to deliver in the hospital unless there is an emergency.  I suppose I would rather fly across country to deliver at my parents house than be in the hospital.  Really hoping to find the travelling midwife so hopefully I wont have to do that :) 

Thanks!

post #34 of 34
I currently live in Fairbanks, Alaska. I'm looking into HBAC because I found out I can't have VBAC at the birthing center. Does anyone have contact info for traveling midwives in Alaska or local midwives to attend an HBAC. Thanks for your time.
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