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Poll Results: What did you pay for a midwife to attend your birth?

 
  • 1% (1)
    under $500
  • 10% (10)
    $501 to $1000
  • 15% (15)
    $1001 to $1500
  • 19% (19)
    $1501 to $2000
  • 32% (32)
    $2001 and higher
  • 23% (23)
    nothing, insurance paid it
100 Total Votes  
post #21 of 31
We paid $2000 for our homebirth in SC (1999) and $2800 for our last dd in Florida (2002). No insurance. Labs and such were extra.
post #22 of 31

Re: Professional Fees

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Originally posted by Carey Ann Ryan CNM
Hi, Iam a longterm subscriber to Mothering Magazine but new to this site, so be gentle with me. I would like this poll made more specific, because it doesn't tell the reader what type of midwife, her geographic location,or practice site. Does the fee include labs homevisits, facility fee, and six weeks follow-up?
You only get 10 options with the Poll so it might be tricky to do that.
post #23 of 31
This may have been mentioned, but here in Ontario, Canada our Provincial Health Care covers the entire Mid-wife care - everything - we didn't pay a dime.

And some people have the nerve to complain about our health care system. It may not be perfect, but it's pretty darn good.
post #24 of 31
You guys are making me jealous...1000, 1500 for the whole shebang! We're paying 3600, not including the labs and things (haven't gotten the bills for that...making me nervous) It's scary because we aren't wealthy but we remortgaged the house and can squeak out 500 a month (thank goodness we have a cloth diaper stash already! )

I don't complain though because I think midwives are terrific and deserve every penny they get. I am proud to be able to support them.
post #25 of 31
Both my midwives (one licensed, one unlicensed) charged $1500. That included the regular prenatal visits, the birth, and two postpartum visits. Lab stuff extra, but I did that only with the first, and that was covered by insurance (I was seeing an OB and then switched.)
post #26 of 31

Re: Professional Fees

Quote:
Originally posted by Carey Ann Ryan CNM
Hi, Iam a longterm subscriber to Mothering Magazine but new to this site, so be gentle with me. I would like this poll made more specific, because it doesn't tell the reader what type of midwife, her geographic location,or practice site. Does the fee include labs homevisits, facility fee, and six weeks follow-up?
ditto!
And is that price out-of-pocket, or total including insurance coverage? Does it include lab fees, birth center, etc?

FWIW - my insurance covers midwives. It covers prenatal visits to a clinic, but not home visits. It covers births at a free-standing birth center, but not homebirths.
I am also paying for prenatal visits with my regular OB, and a copayment on all tests and such that he does.
Since I have no specific maternity benefits, I will end up paying the out-of-pocket maximum allowed on my insurance, which is $1500 out-of network, but that is only on covered expenses.
Then, you gotta also add in the cost of hiring a doula @ $400, and Bradley lessons @ $300.
post #27 of 31
Oh my. Some of you are so lucky.
Our first dd was born at Elizabeth Seton, the freestanding birth center in NYC. (The one that is being forced to close because of insurance reasons. Grr...) And we had to pay out 1000$ for a facility fee, (our regular insurance covered the midwifes, but we have separate insurance for hospitals, and they do not cover the birth center. Only hospitals. Double Grr...) plus a couple of co-payments, and the required birthing class sessions, breastfeeding class etc. So all total it was about 1800$ dollars out of pocket. But this seemed worth it since we were getting the birth we wanted, and this covered all of our prenatal care, all of our postpartum visits (I had a few, I had some problems afterward.) and a home visit nurse. I know that Eliz. Seton's standard fee was about 7000$, and that our insurance paid 5000$, which I thought was generous since I was only there less than half of the pg.

Now with our current pg, were using a homebirth midwife in New Jersey. She does not accept insurance, so while her standard fee is 5500$ for all services, pre and postnatal, birth, and home visit, clients pay 4500$ and she bills the insurance the full amount. (Or something like that.) We pay prior to birth, and I'm praying that our insurance (same as last time) will pay us back. But none of this factors in the cost of the birth kit, the rental of the pool (which is a nessessity as far as I'm concerned), the 200$ I paid to the birthing center here in Philadelphia before switching, the co payments on labs I've had to do, and the 847$ bill I've been sacked with when my insurance refused to pay for the sonogram I required because of a pre-existing monster of a cyst that had to be checked in case it was trying to swallow the baby or something. Again, it seems worth it in the long run, but for right now it's really put a strain on our budget.
post #28 of 31
WOW . Most of you paid next to nothing compared to the $4000. My husband and I had to pay not including labs! Thats it I'm moving to CANADA!
post #29 of 31
$4000! ouch.
we live in ct and we paid our wonderful midwife $2500 for everything (prenatals, homevisit, a 6 week birth class, l/d, numerous phone calls and 4 postpartum visits). we also had a second midwife and an apprentice at our birth. unfortunately our insurance covered none of it (and we certainly tried) but our midwife was very patient with our slow payment plan. we feel very lucky.
post #30 of 31
I'm from Ontario. Midwifery care is paid for by our universal health care system.
post #31 of 31
For my first homebirth (1999) I paid about $800 for pre-natals, birth, and post-partum checks. I provided the birth kit and paid for the lab tests ($70). I think the birthing pool was an extra $60. I didn't have materinity insurance so it saved me a bundle having the baby at home.

My second homebirth, this past April, was with the same midwife but she now charges $1200. I have insurance but they refuse to cover homebirths. They at least paid for the lab tests and ultrasound. I paid about $100 extra for a package deal that included a birth kit and birthing tub (which I didn't get to use because my labor was too fast )

All of my appointments except for the first post-partum check are at the midwife's office.

I'm surprised how affordable midwifery is here in Utah. I was very happy to pay what I did and felt like maybe I should even have offered to pay a little bit more.

Cindy, mom to Lilly (4/97), Sophie (3/99), and Henry (4/03)
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