I understand this is not a site about "politics", but another "mothering" blogger referred to this site. I'm curious to learn more about the Tricare coverage/policy regarding home births, midwives and doulas.
I am currently stationed at RAF Lakenheath in England. Currently, Tricare covers home births and out-of-hospital births with a midwife, however, I hear change is coming... I understand it is not this way in the U.S. I also understand that Tricare does not cover doulas. The system is a bit backwards don't you think? For a low-risk pregnancy, a midwife AND out-of-hospital birth are less expensive than a hospital birth with an OB. It's also safer, yes safer with better outcomes! Studies to prove! This means less medical interventions and drugs which in turn equals $$$$. Finally, Tricare will cover the cost of an epidural at $1200-$1500 a pop, but not a doula for around $500? Please tell me more, those of you that have experienced this dilemma. Who can I talk with/write to change this policy? Thanks! ♥