I am in need of some recommendations for a midwife in the Allina network. Ive been going to Diamond Women Center to begin this pregnancy (my last appointment was at 6-7 weeks for an ultrasound b/c I've had 2 early miscarriages) but I also have a 2 year old who was delivered by an OB there and I wanted a more natural experience this time. I was really interested in trying the midwife/birth center that is coming to St Louis Park, until I thought of the cost. I really just can't afford it, as much as I love the idea, as they ask to prepay in cash/check up to $5,000. My insurance would cover some of this fee, but they won't be billed until AFTER the delivery, which is why the birth center asks us to prepay. And I have a $4,000 deductible anyway so I know I'm going to have to pay close to that $5,000 in the end there. But it would make it easier to put it on a credit card or have smaller payments like insurance allows me to do later on. I have, however, applied for a financial hardship thru the Allina network to help pay off a big bill I had there, so they will pretty much waive most any medical bill I encounter there next time. The hospital I delivered at last time, Abbott, is also in the network, but my OB clinic is not. I was thinking the next best thing would be to get a good midwife and deliver at Abbott again, as I'd be better prepared and experienced this time and would be able to be a better advocate for a more natural birth, and it would make the most financial sense for this midwife to be in teh Allina network as well. Anyway, sorry for the long story, but I am looking for any recommendations (or non-recommendations) for a midwife in that network. I am now 14 weeks and have still not had my first appointment since that early ultrasound, so Im tryig to make a decision very quickly... Thank you so much.
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12/31/09 at 3:05pm