I have recently discovered I am pregnant and prefer to have a home birth with a midwife. I was highly recommended a midwife (RN, CPM, LM) who supports through pregnancy every 4 weeks, every 2 weeks from week 27-birth, at home costs and 2 post birth visits. Does this seem reasonable for Los Angeles?
Does $6000 for home birth CPM and LM in Southern California seem expensive?
I'd call around to a few other midwives to see what they charge, but I would think that could be normal. Everything's more expensive in LA right? :) Are the appointments done in your home or do you have to travel to her office? I live in San Luis Obispo county (a few hours North) and the going rate is like $4300, and all of the appointments are done at the office, then the birth and postpartum apt at the clients house. Then again, there are only 3 midwives that will do home births so not much competition. Try posting in the Finding Your Tribe section and see what other ppl think!
Yep, sounds right. I have given up on ever having a home birth in southern CA for this reason. Nobody seems willing to work out payment plans or anything either. :(
Somebody to maybe try: http://www.safemidwiferybirth.com - She is the best midwife I found with the most flexible payment options/lowest prices. Plus you get a free doula (midwife in training) when you use her services. Her accent is very difficult to understand though (at least it was for me!)
Am I understanding that the $6000 is for a CPM AND an LM (2 midwives) or the CPM and LM are the same person? If it's for TWO midwives, I'd say it's a bargain. I'm paying $4700 for a home birth in Monterey so $6000 for one midwife sounds steep to me, but I don't know anything about the home birth world in LA.
Interesting, she's a RN and a CPM/LM, but NOT a CNM? I think I would try to look at insurance. If you have insurance, they might be more likely to pay for a RN than a non-nurse midwife, or if they pay for both they might be more likely to pay more for a nurse.
I'm in upstate NY and we pay $7500 here for HB CNMs (CPMs and LMs are illegal, though I think you can get one for cheaper, just might not get insurance to cover it). If you don't have insurance (or insurance refuses to pay), though, they are sometimes willing to negotiate significantly, so you could try that if you decide that you really like her. I realize it's been a month, so you may have already decided what to so.