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#1 of 51 Old 12-20-2002, 11:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

I live in Alberta, Canada and I thought it would be interesting to compare $$$ when it comes to midwives.

There is a group of three midwives (they delivered my first son) and they cost $2,500.00.

What about you?

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I live in the middle of Idaho and my m/w cost 1,400 not including supplies, thats just for the birth and 3 visits after, and an assitant or 2. The prenatal visits are $35 apiece and take as long as you want! I dont do a prenatal visits every month until I am about 7 months along.
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In Maine, I'm paying $1800 for the midwife. Includes all the appointments, birth and an assistant. No supplies, lab fees, etc.
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I'm southern Indiana. My cost is $1250 for prenatal care from 20w on. If I had started with the midwife from the + test on, it would be $1500.

This includes prenatals, midwife and asst at the birth and a 2 day and 2 week prenatal visit. A pap smear and birth control needs warrant a visit to a GYN.

The only thing I have to pay for outside the $1250 is the birth kit (about $30) and my birthing tub ($25 including shipping). My visit to the backup OB will be paid by the ins. so my total costs will be about $1300.

I'm crossing my fingers that I might get some of that back from Anthem. It doesn't hurt to try I guess!
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Here in Houston where the cost of living is very low my MW was very expensive $4500. We had to pay a $1000 out of network deductible and then another 30% so we ended up pay $1700-$1800 out of pocket.

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In Dallas, I am paying $2400, which includes everything except lab fees and birth kit.

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Mine was $1000 plus $15 per visit for gas money. That included everything but the birth kit which was about $40.

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Here in Ontario, Canada, we do not pay for health care. Our Midwives and Doctors bill the government. All prenatal care, midwifery care, supplies for homebirth, and post-natal homevisits and care are covered through provincial health insurance.
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If I want to birth at the birth center and go to the birth center for all prenatals: $1800 plus lab fees (and I think I still have to order a birth kit...hmmm, might need to ask her about that!)

If I want a homebirth but will go to birth center for prenatals: $2400 plus labs and supplies

If I want a homebirth outside of a 50 mile radius and will go to birth center for prenatals: $2400-$3000, depending on how far she'll have to drive

If I want all home visits (isn't it cool that you have that option with a MW?): $3000-$3500, depending on how far I live.

I think we'll be going for the birth center with me traveling for all of the prenatals just b/c I'm in LA and she's in TX and it's not legal for her to practice over here (yet). Even if she does become licensed, I think I want my baby to be born in Texas, not Louisiana (call me a snob but I'm a native Texan as is my husband and even if we're only 20 miles from the border of Texas, this certainly ISN'T home for us!)

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$1700 the first time around, $1200, the second time. (Second-timer discount, maybe? ) This included all visits in my own home, prenatals, the birth, and postpartum visits. Paid out of pocket (still paying her for my birth this past May!)
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In Florida my midwife charged my insurance $3800.00 and recieved $3300.00 ( she agreed to the contracted rate). I paid 40.00 for the birth kit. $160.00 for the pool and $20.00 co-pay to the midwife.
I was very happy because my insurance doesn't "officially" cover licensed midwives or homebirth.

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I live in southern Ohio. My homebirth with a CNM & a direct entry "assistant" was $2400. That included soup to nuts pre & post natals, 3 of which were done at my home & the rest at the birth center, about 3 miles away. My lab work was billed to my insurance, through their back-up ob. My midwives have hospital privleges and in the event of a transfer they would have billed my ins. for the whole thing and given me a refund.

It totally infuriates me that my insurance would pay every cent of an expensive hospital birth, but not a penny of my (relatively) cheap homebirth. My child is 16mos old, and I still owe a generous relative a lot of $$.

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we're in teh san francisco area. when we had dd in 2000, we paid $2500. we're now using the same MW again and her fees have gone up to $3000. last time we got 70% back from insurance.

this includes all prenatals, the birth, her birth assistant...everything but birth kit and labs. she is VERY expereinced (RN and CNM, and about 25 years of expereince). we think it's worth every penny.
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We're in Michigan and for a cool $1800 we get a nice package including prenatal visits, access to her lending library, a birth class, and the birth and two postpartum visits. Birth supplies are not included, but the midwife does have a birth tub that clients can borrow.

Any extra lab work etc. that we might have wanted would have been covered by insurance through our doctor, which is what we did for an ultrasound and what we'll be doing post birth for a RhoGam-type shot.
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Hi, here in the west burbs of chicago you can have a dr deliver at home for 2300.00 (well that was 2 years ago when I had my dd!) or a lay midwife for 1800. both rates were paid upfront. I ended up using the lay midwife only bc my other two births in PA and NY were with direct entry midwives and that is the quality of care I was use to.
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Mine is about 1500 (not counting the birth kit) for everything, and she comes to me for all the visits with two or three postpartum.

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in NM we chaged $2,500
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I'm in Ohio, and I think our midwives are getting ripped off! They say it's because of the Cleveland Clinic, among many other medical centers. My midwife is $1,000, but we couldn't even give her that much! Other midwives I know don't have a fee, people just give them 'gifts'. One midwife got a 'gift' for the same amount that we gave our midwife (which came with a very long apolige(sp) !) Friends have told me that they won't have a homebirth because midwives charge so much - I just have to laugh seeing what it coasts else where!

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Alberta (Canada) and I paid $2500. Worth every dime!
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Hello all you Albertans! Nice to see you here. We paid $2000 for our last birth in 2001(in Red Deer Alberta) and looks like the fees have gone up! We have been told our same midwife is charging $3500 now. Yikes! We are TTC our 4th and will be moving back to Alberta in 6 weeks. This time we will be using a midwife out of Edmonton ( if any at all) Any suggestions? We had a disappointing homebirth last time and will be VERY choosy who we choose to invite into our home this time.
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My midwife charges $2500 for all visits and this includes checking the bay out 2 times after it is born and post partum visits. She starts at about 8- 10 weeks gestation. I live in Minneapolis, MN. My midwife has 25 yrs exp. and we are doing a water birth I bought my own tub used and am buying my own birth supplies.
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Wow! From reading these replies I realize just how lucky I am to live here in Ontario, Canada. Thank goodness our health care pays for our mid-wifery care. It doesn't cost us a single cent.
We had a homebirth as well - my husband thinks the government should reemburse us since we saved them money by not going to the hospital and using up limited hospital bed space.
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Well my hubby is in the military here in MN and they will only pay for a CNM and in Minnesota CNMs are not allowed to do homebirths here they have to practice under and OBin a hosp or birth center. The nearest birth center is 220 miles away. So if we lived in another state we could get a CNM that did homebirth and it would be covered. Our midwife is a CPM and is licensed with our state. Has anyone ever had this problem with tricare and being in the military. My midwife does have a blue cross blue shield # and it is fully covered but we don't have that insurance.
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I'm wondering if I have the same midwife as busybusymama, I am in Northern IN and our fees are about the same.
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Our cost about $2100.00 after it was all said and done.

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Our cost about $2100.00 after it was all said and done. We live in Tucson Az.

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Here in Houston where the cost of living is very low my MW was very expensive $4500. We had to pay a $1000 out of network deductible and then another 30% so we ended up pay $1700-$1800 out of pocket.

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Keri--we're in the same area, and it sounds like you might have Aetna, just like I do. I am seeing a CNM at a birth center, and I paid $3000 out of pocket but will get a small reimbursement from those stingy meanies at Aetna, about $600.

Curious to know who your midwife is--do you mind sharing?

To all: the $3000 is a discounted rate for paying by the 20th week. It covers all prenatal visits except the initial one, birth center and midwife fees, birth fees, and post-partum home visit. And maybe the 2 week pp appointment, too? It does not cover birth supplies or extra items used during birth (like delee suction, sutures, etc). You get billed for those if you need them.

Anyway, not sure if my .02 means much in this thread since it is not a homebirth. I believe the cost without the discount is $4200 but that is before insurance coverage. With my first birth my insurance co at the time covered in-network!

Edited to add: I have to pay for the labs but I am able to get them covered in-network (and thus not have to pay upfront in full) by getting a lab order from my birthing center and taking it to one of the labs in town that is covered by my insurance. It's a tiny bit more trouble than having labwork done at the birth center, but sure as heck a lot easier to just get a bill in the mail for $6 from Quest (rather than pay 70 and then file for reimbursement).
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Mine's going to be $1500 not including the birth kit. I've got all home visits and it includes some postpartum.

Phathui5...maybe we have the same midwife? I'm in the baltimore area.
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