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#1 of 9 Old 01-01-2012, 10:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am hoping with every ounce of my being that I can find a home birth midwife in Northern California ( I'm in Mendocino County ) that either accepts MediCal or can offer some kind of sliding scale fees.   I just found out I'm pregnant this week and my heart is really set on a home birth.

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Every midwife I've interviewed offers a sliding scale.  But only a CNM will accept MediCal, so far as I know.  I don't know if MC will cover HB though. 

 

Start calling around and asking - it's a legitimate question and if the answer is no, thank them for their time and cross them off your list. 


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I've emailed a few midwives months ago and haven't gotten responses. I wonder if they don't check their email.  I guess I'll have to call.

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I've had bad luck emailing midwives unless I know for a fact they check that address regularly. 


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I would check and see if they IR their practice has Facebook, and send a message that way.

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I'm searching as well.  We live in Humboldt, and I've found midwives who do sliding scale- $3000-$5000.  The ladies I've spoken with offer lab work which would be out of pocket, or what I've discoverd and am going with is to allow Medical to cover my lab work at a clinic (which fortunately for me has respect for the hb midwives, and works closely with them), and then pay out of pocket for the prenatal, birthing, and postnatal care.

 

Just call everymidwife you can until you find the right one!  Good Luck!


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I did speak with a midwife willing to discuss sliding scale possibly, but I was also thinking of doing the same thing with lab work/tests in hopes of lowering the costs.  I'm hoping everyone would be okay with that?

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I did speak with a midwife willing to discuss sliding scale possibly, but I was also thinking of doing the same thing with lab work/tests in hopes of lowering the costs.  I'm hoping everyone would be okay with that?


Costs of lab tests are set by the labs and not the MW.  The MW may be willing to work with you to minimize the number of tests and find the cheapest course for getting them run, but ultimately the cost of the tests is not her call.  And I've never known a lab to be willing to negotiate on them, usually their prices are fixed. 


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What I'm saying is, if I am having labs done elsewhere (which are covered by my insurance) the cost with my midwife should be less since labs are included in the cost.   Just the same as what sheaffer has described.

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