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post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by KaraMaia View Post
I know a family that had a birth party - they threw a benefit for their homebirth - had food and drinks, invited all their friends and community, asked some friends to play music, and asked people to donate $10 or more to raise money for the homebirth. It was a great idea, also helped to educate more people about midwifery and homebirth and why it's so great, and they got the birth they dreamed of!
What a cool idea! and fun!
post #42 of 46
I might have to see about getting a personal loan. We're trying to switch to a midwife for a home birth, and she won't lower her fee even though we would be transferring at 34 weeks. Coming up with $4000 in three weeks would be pretty impossible for us unless we were to rob a bank or something The idea of adding that debt is really scary to me though.
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I might have to see about getting a personal loan. We're trying to switch to a midwife for a home birth, and she won't lower her fee even though we would be transferring at 34 weeks. Coming up with $4000 in three weeks would be pretty impossible for us unless we were to rob a bank or something The idea of adding that debt is really scary to me though.
I switched to a hb with our last birth at 38 weeks. We interviewed a couple of midwives and the one we chose, who we clicked with nicely, was the one who said that she'd do it for free. We paid her $1000 (to cover her assistant ms too). But other midwives didn't want to give us a deal for the 3 weeks that they'd be seeing us. They were going to charge their normal $4200 for it...

For this birth we are going to charge it ($4200) to a credit card and pay it off with the insurance reimbursement and try for the FSA reimbursement (thanks to this thread) too.
post #44 of 46
This is an old thread but I was just going to post about this!

Hard to believe prices are the same in CA but we are looking at $4500. Due to DH being unemployed I am freaking about how we are going to afford it!

What happens if you end up going to the hospital? Does the midwife still get paid the entire amount? I'm guessing this is a yes.

And does anyone have experience with medi-cal? I'm going to try my damnedest to get them to pay something. smile.gif
post #45 of 46
I really wanted a home birth this time and actually found a group of midwives who were willing to do it for 3k (their usual fee is $6,200) but we ultimately opted for a hospital-based water birth instead (fully covered by medi-cal.) I gave up on trying to get Medi-Cal to cover even a portion of the home birth, though to be quite honest I didnt spend a whole lot of time or energy trying in the first place, that just stressed me out.

We have to provide our own birthing tub and seeing it in my home is making me mourn the homebirth idea a bit again, but my parents are coming to stay with us for the birth and postpartum period (my mom is my doula) and our space is pretty cramped, so its really a good thing that I'm not going to be birthing here. But its still hard for me to let go of the idea.
post #46 of 46

Since it isn't covered by my employer's insurance plan they have agreed to reimburse me for a large portion of it. But I know I have a pretty bad-ass practice-what-we-preach social justice organization for an employer and most wouldn't do that. We are paying for the rest of it by reaching out to friends and family by email and mail to ask them to help us out with a small contribution. People surprise you. 

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