My husband and I me with a midwife a few days ago and we’re ecstatic. We both felt very comfortable with her and she answered all our questions in a very reassuring way. We are planning to move forward with a home/water birth! (With the knowledge that if something goes wrong we will have to transport to the hospital. As a side note, she has been doing this 15 years and has transported 15 total women out of hundreds!! Very encouraging.)
My question is about payment. We asked and she said it was on a donation/pay as you can basis. Talk about mind blowing. She just asks that she gets enough for gas money. She lives an hour away from us and travels even further for prenatal appointments and births. (All done right in your own home.) She works with some Amish families that have paid her in Thanksgiving turkeys and homemade quits. Some have paid as much as $3,000. They typical range, she said, is between $500 and $1,000. Even though my husband is in school and working only part time as a certified nursing assistant I have a good job and we do have some money in savings. We definitely plan to pay her a fair amount of money, especially considering that a hospital birth, even with insurance, can cost several thousand dollars or perhaps even $5,000 for an emergency C-section. (According to my research.)
What I’m wondering about, specifically, is how much should we pay her for each prenatal individual visit? The first visit, we gave her a check for $100. We’ll likely meet with her once a month between now and the birth, with a couple visits to a traditional doctor for blood work and an ultrasound. So possibly between 4-5 more visits before the birth. I want to pay her for her time and gas money, but I don’t want to pay too much until after the birth. If we end up with an emergency C-section at the hospital we may not have the money to pay her as much, overall, if we had had a successful home birth. A prenatal doctor’s visit in a traditional setting would typically cost me only a $25 copay. (Unless there are other charges I am not aware of.)
What’s a fair amount for each visit?
Out of curiosity, if you had a home birth, and you are comfortable sharing, how much did you pay in total and for what? (pool rental, midwife, doula, ect.)