Not only do I want to experience a natural childbirth, but I am no longer insured and can in NO way afford that kind of money next time around.
What is the average cost of prenatal care and birthing with a midwife? And also, what sort of prenatal care do you receive from a midwife?
Prenatal visits were always an hour long. After the usual BP check, urinanalysis, listening for a heartbeat, and checking size, we chatted about anything and everything that was happening in connection with my pregnancy and she answered any questions I had. The visit schedule was typical--monthly visits, bi-weekly around month 8, then weekly during the last month.
Most midwives I've heard of are willing to work out a payment plan with their clients.
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She checked hearttones when they could be heard through a doppler, my blood pressure, and I checked my own urine with her test strips. Never any internals or weight checks -- she, and I, believe they are not important if mom and babe are doing well.
Oh, yeah - she'd also palpate my belly and measure my fundus to make sure the babe was growing well.
Malpractice insurance is going through the roof. My dso is a family doc in Mississippi and lots of OBGYN's here are dropping the OB portion of their practice because they can't afford the insurance.
my home birth- which included all prenatals and 6 weeks postpartum (mind you she still helps me now) with a CPM cost 2,000. insurance would not pick up any tab- but we couldn't have put our hard earned money to better use. i wished i could have paid her more.
my prenatals were part of the reason i chose her. she was amazing- counseled my husband and i, talked about the emotional/spiritual aspect of pregnancy, taught me so much abot my body and pregnancy and birth. she really empowered me. her knowledge base was vast, and she focused strongly on nutrition and herbs, etc. she didn't use doplars- babies aren't psyched with the devices- but let me hear the heartbeat/placenta with a fetascope, felt the baby with her hands, taught me to learn exactly where baby was lying- make out hands, heels, head, etc. the care at the birthing center with CPMs didn't even begin to measure up. it was the best decision i've ever made!!!!
not all cpms/cnms are the same. i hope you find one that feels good to you, and can help you trust your body and baby!
First birth was in the hospital to the tune of $25,000 (one week in the NICU)
and this hospital birth (afore mentioned midwife is currently on trial) so long as there are no complications is starting at $7000 dollars. Sucks!
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WE BIRTHED UNASSISTED, oh the cost of getting a copy of the birth certificte was $12 and I choose to buy a birth tub at $150, but it was essentially free!!!
So we call it a free birth, lol
But seriously you are free in a lot of ways other than finatially...
Birth is as private as conception!
Recently found a midwife in our area that charges
$20 for prenatal visits and $1,000 for the delivery at my home and the postpartum visits.
So It will probably run us about $1500 after its all said and done!
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Sorry- not an answer! I had a hospital birth. I don't know how much it cost. We had a 100$ copay for me, and 100$for the baby, even though he roomed in with me.