How much do your Homebirth Midwives charge? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 09:32 AM - Thread Starter
 
Snapdragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I met with my midwives yesterday. I guess my insurance won't cover a home birth. The midwives charge $3600 for total prenatal and birth care.
Is this a standard rate? How much do your midwives charge?
Snapdragon is offline  
#2 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 09:48 AM
 
C-Momma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 246
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My midwife charges $25 for each prenatal visit and $600 for delivery. I'm responsible for buying my own supplies which should cost around $200, but she provides the basics (birth pool, fetoscope, scale to weigh baby, etc...)

She's a DEM or lay midwife, I believe they tend to charge less, however that is not why we chose her.

Carolina, tree hugging, treehugger.gif animal loving, backyard chicken keeping, Wife to Dh, homeschooling Mama to Ds1(Aug '06) and Ds2 (Nov '09)

C-Momma is offline  
#3 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Raene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ithaca
Posts: 1,993
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
$3,700 here.

But the last one 5 years ago in a different state (TX) was "only" $2,000.

Mama with DD (01/04) and DD (08/09)
Raene is offline  
#4 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Watershippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: St Paul, MN
Posts: 145
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
$3,000 for prenatals and delivery. I also pay the fees on tests she can't run herself (ultrasound, for example), so probably another $300 or so.

Mamma since 10/22/09
Watershippy is offline  
#5 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:32 AM
 
sunnygir1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,257
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
$2500 for prenatals, postpartums, and delivery. We have to buy our own birth supplies and a birthing pool if we want it.

She also doesn't offer much testing, beyond urine strips and hemoglobin.

She is a lay midwife too, I suppose it might be different if she owned or worked out of a birth center or worked through a clinic or hospital.
sunnygir1 is offline  
#6 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:36 AM
 
KLM99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 950
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunnygir1 View Post
$2500 for prenatals, postpartums, and delivery. We have to buy our own birth supplies and a birthing pool if we want it.

She also doesn't offer much testing, beyond urine strips and hemoglobin.

She is a lay midwife too, I suppose it might be different if she owned or worked out of a birth center or worked through a clinic or hospital.
Mine does this exactly - $2500 for all appointments and the delivery. We had to get all our birthing supplies (ended up being around $50). Also doesn't do much testing - that didn't include an ultrasound, GD, GBS, etc.
KLM99 is offline  
#7 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
Snapdragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
$3600 does seem like a really high price. considering all we do is meet once a month and basically chat, and then they attend the birth.
Snapdragon is offline  
#8 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:39 AM
 
texaspeach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 8,622
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
some around here charge almost $5000 (eta they're CNMs not CPMs/LMs)
texaspeach is offline  
#9 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:40 AM
 
rootzdawta's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Squarely Outside of the Box
Posts: 3,698
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Moved from I'm Pregnant to Homebirth

Stay-at-home mom to 2 beautiful.busy.boisterous boys b. 08.17.05 & 12.29.08
Nirvana is . . . the living happiness of a soul which is conscious of itself and conscious of having found its own abode in the heart of the Eternal. --Gandhi
rootzdawta is offline  
#10 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:47 AM
 
HappyMommaBear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 253
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've heard that $3500 or so is pretty standard. My midwife charges $2200 and I've heard from homebirth parents that that is pretty low compared to most.

Proud Army wife and Momma of two.
Jay-my precious boy 2/20/08 & Caroline-my beautiful HBAC baby 8/22/09 :
HappyMommaBear is offline  
#11 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:50 AM
 
MidwifeErika's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,852
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katie34 View Post
$3600 does seem like a really high price. considering all we do is meet once a month and basically chat, and then they attend the birth.
It doesn't seem all that high to me. If seeing a doctor in the hospital you could expect to pay about $200 or more for each prenatal appointment, a few thousand for standard tests and ultrasounds, about $6,000-15,000 for the birth and hospital stay (if no complications), and then extra for more postpartum visits.

So 3600 for a full course of care seems like a real steal to me.

Erika, mama to three beautiful kids (plus one gestating), and wife to one fantastic man.

MidwifeErika is offline  
#12 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:53 AM
 
texaspeach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 8,622
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
FWIW, the fee before insurance for the hospital mws I'm using this time is around 3000. That doesn't include testing or hospital fees, just the mw fee for prenatal care.
texaspeach is offline  
#13 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Coconut Chronicles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Windermere Florida
Posts: 1,265
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mine charges $4200... our insurance covers $2500 of that.

read.gifLisa married to geek.gifB WAHM to moon.gifC (08.09)

Coconut Chronicles is offline  
#14 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 11:00 AM
 
mysticmomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 6,183
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
1800 for cpm in baltimore
4000 for cnm in baltimore

hh2.gif

mysticmomma is offline  
#15 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 11:08 AM - Thread Starter
 
Snapdragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Good to know mine are in the normal range. I think everything costs more than I expect it to these days!
Snapdragon is offline  
#16 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 11:11 AM
 
deymm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 1,178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katie34 View Post
I met with my midwives yesterday. I guess my insurance won't cover a home birth. The midwives charge $3600 for total prenatal and birth care.
Is this a standard rate? How much do your midwives charge?
DS was born at home in CA with two DEMs/CPMs. We are planning a HB in IL with a CNM (the only type of MW legally allowed to practice in IL). Both charge about the same price you were quoted.

~ deb, BFAR mommy to ds1 Dec 7, 2003, Jan 08, ds2 Sept 20, 2009
deymm is offline  
#17 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 11:29 AM
 
ShwarmaQueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Posts: 5,617
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My MW gives an early payment discount- the cost basically increases $100 every 4 weeks after 20 wks.
For a mom who's had a vag delivery, it's $2700 paid by 20 wks, or $3200 after 36 wks.
For vag delivery first timer (incl. VBAC) it's $3200 paid by 20 wks, or $3700 after 36 wks.

Her fees include basic prenatal labs, supplements (incl. Greenlife, calcium pills, and flax oil capsules), and birthkit. I think it's a good deal!

Momma to DD (12/04) hearts.gif and DS (11/09) hbac.gif.
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!

ShwarmaQueen is offline  
#18 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Belle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Vancouver, (Not BC) WA (Not DC)
Posts: 3,001
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our midwives charge $3600 for prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. They discount it down to $2800 if its paid in full by 36 weeks. Its a real bargain for what they do.

Heather Mike Married 8/1/99 Mom to Charlotte Aug 04, Nov 06, and Katherine Oct 07
Belle is offline  
#19 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 11:44 AM
 
brinalicious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 497
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow, we're really getting a deal. Since we paid early, before 36 weeks, we paid $2,000. This includes all the prenatal visits, the delivery and birth kit (not a labor tub, if you want one), and a couple of post-partum visits. She doesn't do the labs or ultrasound, so we have our CNM order them for us, which our insurance pays most of. After the birth, our MW will submit the bill to our insurance, so we expect to get some of our money back at that point, too.

We used the same MW with our last birth, six years ago, and only paid $1,200, so $2,000 seemed like a lot at first.

Brin, wife to my best friend , mother of three . and now homeschooling!!!
brinalicious is offline  
#20 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 12:06 PM
 
cristeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 14,791
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Around here, the range seems to be from $3800-4500. My MW charges $4000, as do most of them.

Cristeen ~ Always remembering our stillheart.gif  warrior ~ Our rainbow1284.gif  is 3, how'd that happen?!?! 

We welcomed another rainbow1284.gifstillheart.gif  warrior in May 2012!! 

2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012

cristeen is offline  
#21 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 12:40 PM
 
phatchristy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Controlled chaos...
Posts: 9,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cristeen View Post
Around here, the range seems to be from $3800-4500. My MW charges $4000, as do most of them.
I think where I went would have been $4,500 if the insurance didn't cover most of it! Thankfully it did!

Perpetually breastfeeding or pregnant ENFP mom to a lot of kids...wife to a midwestern nice guy...living in tropical paradise...pink cats and homebirths rock!

phatchristy is offline  
#22 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 12:41 PM
 
phatchristy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Controlled chaos...
Posts: 9,381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh, and I think there is a HUGE difference where there is regulation...it seems like most regulated states you see 3,500-4,500. My friends who are in non-regulated states I seem to see rates more like 1,500-2,500.

Perpetually breastfeeding or pregnant ENFP mom to a lot of kids...wife to a midwestern nice guy...living in tropical paradise...pink cats and homebirths rock!

phatchristy is offline  
#23 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 12:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
Snapdragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I just looked into what my insurance will cover. I guess each midwife has to be registered with the particular insurance to get coverage. In my area there are 3 registered nurse midwives that accept my insurance but none of them are homebirth midwives, they are all hospital birth and with the same practice. Hmm. I wonder why my HB MW doesn't register with my insurance- it is a very common insurance around here. I will have to ask her.
Snapdragon is offline  
#24 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 01:30 PM
 
~Kristina~'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Lyon, MI
Posts: 780
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
$1500.00 (returning client) for birth and post natal care, 45.00 for prenatal visits, once a month until 30 some weeks, the bi-weekly, then weekly until birth.

Really, dh and I wouldn't go any other route at this point, she could have charged us anything! LOL

Wife to Jesse, Mom to Ayden 12/01, Kailey 07/03, Ashlyn 6/05, Dylan 9/07, & Riley 12/09

~Kristina~ is offline  
#25 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Hezzie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 146
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It really depends on where you live. Cost of living will affect how much the MW charges. Mine charges $2,700, labs and the birth kit are extra. Some of the other midwives charge more, but most are around $3K. We actually got our insurance to cover some of her fees and the labs and the sonogram (which would have been a couple of thousand out of pocket) at the "out of network" rate. Some MW are also willing to barter services if there's something they need done that you can do (like painting their house, or doing website stuff...never hurts to ask!). Also, MW are usually willing to work with you on a payment plan and some also have a sliding-scale fee depending on your income. They are generally very flexible when it comes to negotiating their fees.

Mommy to Nora Cecelia, born 8/15/09.
Hezzie is offline  
#26 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 01:37 PM
 
loraxc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: In the Truffula Trees
Posts: 4,500
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
$4500, which in my case was almost totally covered by insurance. In the practice I use you choose two midwives, both of whom come to every appointment and the birth.

I know for a fact that they are NOT getting rich on that.

I am in a regulated state.

grateful mother to DD, 1/04, and DS, 2/08

loraxc is offline  
#27 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 02:17 PM
 
nashvillemidwife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,717
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Katie34 View Post
I just looked into what my insurance will cover. I guess each midwife has to be registered with the particular insurance to get coverage. In my area there are 3 registered nurse midwives that accept my insurance but none of them are homebirth midwives, they are all hospital birth and with the same practice. Hmm. I wonder why my HB MW doesn't register with my insurance- it is a very common insurance around here. I will have to ask her.
It's common for homebirth midwives to avoid that game altogether. When a provider becomes a participating/preferred/in-network provider, they agree to accept a huge financial cut in exchange for the theoretical increased business they will get for being in-network. With the demand for home birth what it is, the extra status in no way makes up for the pay cut.
nashvillemidwife is offline  
#28 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 03:05 PM - Thread Starter
 
Snapdragon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,623
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by nashvillemidwife View Post
It's common for homebirth midwives to avoid that game altogether. When a provider becomes a participating/preferred/in-network provider, they agree to accept a huge financial cut in exchange for the theoretical increased business they will get for being in-network. With the demand for home birth what it is, the extra status in no way makes up for the pay cut.
Oh, I figured it was something along those lines.
Snapdragon is offline  
#29 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 03:08 PM
 
kawa kamuri's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,867
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i was seeing a group of mw's who charged $1000, the rest covered by insurance. i'm now seeing a hb ob who charges $500.

Boys: 12/94, 1/99, 11/03, 6/11. Girls: 11/06, 10/09, 12/12 2ndtri.gif

 
       

kawa kamuri is offline  
#30 of 90 Old 07-15-2009, 03:40 PM
 
ShwarmaQueen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Posts: 5,617
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kawa kamuri View Post
i'm now seeing a hb ob who charges $500.
Where are you located, if you don't mind?

Momma to DD (12/04) hearts.gif and DS (11/09) hbac.gif.
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!

ShwarmaQueen is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off