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#1 of 45 Old 07-26-2010, 04:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Just curious how it varies by state, thanks

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I didn't do any checking around this time, but this birth will be $1900. It seems that the avg was ~2k two years ago when I was shopping around for a provider for my last birth. I'm in northern Utah.
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I'm in TX and they run around $2800 for a homebirth to approx $3500 (I'm sure there are some that are more and a few that are less) for a birthcenter birth. This is for a CPM. I don't know about CNM.
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In Colorado... My last birth was in 2008 and we paid $3000. She does give a discount if you pay by a certain time. We also have to pay around $50 for a standard birth kit plus another $80ish for the nbs (the state stopped doing them for free).

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Cheapest I've found here in the Kansas City area is $1700 on up to $3200. The average is about $2700.

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I have no idea since I still can't find a hb mw. I did find one from the Amish lady(she only had 1 name) but that midwife isn't working with non-Amish right now.

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In Iowa every home birth fee I've seen is $2250-$3250.

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The one HB MW in my area of Louisiana is 2800 and HAS to be paid before the birth. not sure how much her birth kit etc is.

When I was looking into MW in Illinois it was 3000 for a HB, 2400 if paid by 37 weeks and 2000 if you were low income on Medicaid. (I think those were the prices it's been a while since i've seen them since I didn't end up moving.

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Gah, here in San Diego, CA 4K or just under is standard. It's worth it, it's worth it... It's just hard to know insurance will pay for a lousy hospital birth and all kinds of unnecessary interventions (which I'm glad will be covered if they do end up NECESSARY) but not for a homebirth.
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The mw I interviewed in Maryland seemed to run from 2400 to about 4000.

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wow..

Yea Here in BC our provincial medicare covers it. I'll have to get the stuff for the birth and kits stuff and i think it runs about $120 or so.. but you can easily bring the cost down.. but still wow

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I'm in California too...along the central coast. The total cost is $4,000. We'll see how much our insurance ends up covering. My DH has been dealing with all of that.

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my CPM in Maine charges $3500 for a homebirth. It includes all prenatal and pp care.

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Southern NJ -$5000. And I just got bad news from the insurance that they don't cover homebirths.
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iowa. mine is $1500 + kit +milage. I think I will probably be paying an extra $500 in milage. And my kit is $55 and other random supplies shouldn't be too much.

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I'm in TX and they run around $2800 for a homebirth to approx $3500 (I'm sure there are some that are more and a few that are less) for a birthcenter birth. This is for a CPM. I don't know about CNM.
This was my experience in the San Antonio area. The birth center here is $4000 with $500 off for self pay and another $500 off if you're military. (There are several military bases here and they know that we can get care on base for free) Most of the midwives I emailed charge $2500 for the birth...some charge for a tub and some don't. I got lucky and found one offering a military discount and am only paying $1800.

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Southwest Missouri (Joplin, specifically) here.

When searching I got told fees anywhere from $1500 to $3000.

Here some of the midwives include the prenatals and the birth fee into one big chunk. Others (like mine) just charge a prenatal fee ($50 is what I give to mine but I've heard others who pay anywhere from $20-$60) and then her birth fee is $2000. This includes birth kit and 90% of the supplies for the birth. It's very convenient.

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Northern lower Michigan - $3500 for prenatals/delivery/postpartum , I will have additional expense for the pool rental and birth supplies.

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A friend in AZ is paying 3000--that's the cash discount if paid by 36 wks...otherwise it's a bit more...

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When we were interviewing MW's we heard $2000 up to $3100. I live in the Metro Detroit area (MI). In Ann Arbor there is a midwife that charges $4000+, she's kinda famous in the birthy community though (author, knowledge, etc.).

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Iowa seems to vary a lot! I'm paying $4,500 for mine. My last birth, different CNM, 2 years ago was $3,500. CPMs aren't legal in Iowa currently (we're working on it) but there are a few practicing and they charge less.

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In New York City the range is $5,000-7,500. Insurance covers homebirth here though, so it doesn't cost us anything.

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I live in Central Illinois and am paying $2,000 for the birth, around $50.00 for birth kit (she only charges for what you use), and $60.00 for each prenatal visit.
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I'm in west Texas but we moved from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Average in both places is 3,500. THe CNM we used with #6 charged 4,800 but that included birthin center fees also. Thankfully insurance covered her due to the fact she's a CNM. All other births have been out of pocket. Out here everything is so very rural and spread apart though that the mw's here charge a 300 travel fee but they do all prenatal visits at your home since they're all anywhere from 45-120 miles away. THey do rounds where one day a month/week/whatever they come to your area and care for all of their clients in that one area that day. We avoided the 300 travel fee by going to her for appts but once we discovered twins at 21 wks she had to up the price by 500 due to other midwives and extra assistants needing to attend that neither of us had planned on. Right now we're looking at right around 4,000 for a hb plus the 200.00 rental for the pool. Everything else from birthing supplies and birthing kit to lab work is covered.

My dear friend, however, is in Raleigh and she pays a mere 1,200 for her entire prenatal, birth and pp care...birth pool, supplies and birthing kit, lab work, everything included!!! I thought about going to NC just to birth babies!!

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Minnesota: ~$3500
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Here in the FL panhandle it's $5000 + $500 assistant fee + supplies + birth pool if you would like one = about $5800 all total. We're still going back and fourth on how to handle the assistant fee since it would put us over what our military insurance has in place as a yearly maximum out of pocket expense. I have to discuss it with the midwife at the next appointment.
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I live in Wisconsin. My midwife fee is $1750 for my homebirth. That includes prenatal care, birth, and postnatal appointments. The only thing that is not included would be *my* birth supplies and lab fees. So overall, it will be around $2000. My insurance will be picking up around $600.

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Montana--$2800 + labs for 2 of the midwives, one is $2200 including labs, and one (CNM) is $4000...guessing she doesn't get too many homebirths unless they're covered by insurance!
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New Hampshire: we are paying $3000 plus $300 birth assistant fee, plus labs which have been $200 so far for a full blood panel. The list of things to buy will probably be $100 or so.

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Sarasota, Fl- $3500. We have to put our birthing kit together ourselves. Cost was the last thing on my mind when interviewing midwives and I think it's a shame that it has to even be a factor. I hope someday home births are covered for everyone providing it's safe. We were still paying off our first hospital birth (super high deductible) when we had our second birth at home paid for before it even happened. That felt so much better! It seems expensive out of pocket but in the long run it is much cheaper than all the fees accrued at hospitals.

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