I am in tears. We are pregnant with our 3rd. First was a typical induced hospital birth, bad experience. Second one was a beautiful, perfect waterbirth at Bella Vie Birth Center in Salem Oregon where we lived at the time. We moved to the Portland area 2 years ago so of course, I wanted to find another waterbith center. We did- Andaluz Waterbirth Center. I was overjoyed to find it! But then my dreams came crashing down about 2 hours ago when I was informed that our supposedly good insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield- which covers 100% within network and 0% out of network) that it will not cover a dime for it.
So I want the low down on insurance companies. There has to be some sort of legislative action that states can take when it comes to giving birth centers more rights. They lose clients every year because of insurance companies screwing them over by not covering their patients, and therefor, patients can't afford it.
And as against universal healthcare that I am...I am now being forced to wonder...what if? What if birth centers had more rights to accept clients if it weren't for insurance companies dictating who can birth there and who can't?
Well, I am tired of it! And I know several other mama's in Oregon that are too, and there has to be more. Is it just the notion still that hospitals are supposedly safer so they refuse to cover them? Is it just Blue Cross Blue Shield which until today, I absolutely loved?
Upset, angry, in tears, distraught that it looks like I will not have the dream birth I wanted, like my second birth was. To top all of this off, my DH of course, now wants me to just go to our nearest hospital which has a reputation for uncomfortable beds and strict rules about no co-sleeping.
Homebirth is not an option- DH will never have that.
About to scream!!! There HAS to be some way around this here...They do have a typically "in network OB" there on staff, but she is only in the Oregon BCBS network, not California's (which is what we have through my hubby's job).
Advice, thoughts, or mutual frustration is welcome! I know crying and being mad doesn't fix anything, but it sure does feel good right now