I was really disappointed to receive a letter from my midwife today, telling us that she is leaving her practice. We also received a statement listing all of our charges up to this point. Her fee was $2600. We were to pay $200 upfront and the rest by 34 (or was it 36?) weeks. We decided to pay ahead a bit, and had given her $800 as of today (22 weeks). Somehow, the statement added up to exactly the amount we had paid, plus a dollar and change. We only saw her 4 times, one of which was a free consultation. So for $800 we got three office visits of about an hour (in her home) and 3 urinalysis dipsticks. I realize that midwives go above and beyond, and I am all for paying a reasonable fee, but this sounds high to me.
It's not just the amount that bugs me, but how some of the charges are classified. For every appointment, we were charged not only for an office visit, but also for a "prolonged face-to-face" charge of $100+ I do not remember being at any appointment for over an hour--if so it was definitely less than an hour and a half. We were never told that there was a time limit on appointments, or asked to cut it short. In fact, it seemed like she encouraged us to keep talking. The worst was one day when we had an appointment scheduled for 1 p.m. and she asked us to move it back until 3 p.m. We stayed about an hour. On that day, we were charged an after hours fee! We have never even called her, except to schedule the consultation!
This woman is a new midwife, but has been a doula for years. She is loved and respected by many, and I don't wish to bash her but frankly I am feeling really frustrated and betrayed right now. Do you think that is justified?