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Old 05-14-2011, 11:36 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey everyone--I'm new to all this and trying to get some basic info on natural childbirth. My husband and I are trying to conceive and I definitely want to have a natural birthing experience. From what I can see, Kay Johnson and Margaret Strickhouser are the way to go. Does anyone know which groups they are currently working with and the best way to contact them?

 

Additionally, we have private insurance and maternity is NOT covered so we'll be paying everything out-of-pocket. I know using a midwife instead of a normal practice is less expensive but does anyone know what kind of total amt. we should expect?

 

Thanks for all your help! :)

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Can you tell us what state & city you are in?

That might help us find the people you are looking for.

 

The average here seems to be over $3500 for cash pay. That doesn't include any labs, tests, or supplies.

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Margaret is with Intown Midwifery - www.intownmidwifery.com

 

Kay is doing homebirths now - www.gamidwife.com

 

 


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I just got my bill from IM and the charges were $3500, and the pp was correct, they don't include tests or u/s.

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Not to discourage you from using  midwife, but the costs are  pretty similar whether you use an OB or midwife.  It's around $3500.  The larger portion of the bill will be the hospital bill which is the same whether it's an OB or midwife-- although in theoy it will be a little cheaper with a midwife due to fewer interventions.

 

That said, I really recommend Intown Midwifery (Margaret).  They are great.  I have met Kay ams she seems lovely but I don'y have experience as a patient.

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I saw Kay and Margaret for my youngest child's birth, in 2006. They were both working at North Fulton at that time. I'm excited to see Kay has begun attending home births. She didn't seem the type to put up with hospital policy BS, based on the conversations we had. She told me one of her favorite "birth stories" at one visit. Basically the woman birthed her child unassisted (at her request) in the hospital with Kay waiting outside in the hall until she was asked for, only peeking in to check every so often.

 

I am currently with Intown midwifery, and so far I am very happy. Margaret has been out of the office due to her broken foot and the death of her husband, but she's expected back once she recovers. The other midwives, Anjli and Amy, have been awesome. They also just hired a new midwife to cover office visits when there are a lot of ladies in labor (like last month)!

 

As to how much you can expect to pay, that will vary widely based on which midwife you see, what tests you opt for, and whether or not you experience any complications. If you call the various offices, they should be able to tell you a basic ballpark figure of what to expect, and whether they offer any payment plan arrangements.

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The other midwives, Anjli and Amy, have been awesome. They also just hired a new midwife to cover office visits when there are a lot of ladies in labor (like last month)!

 



Anjli is awesome :)  Amy is not going to be with IM much longer and they are looking for another midwife to replace her.  Margaret will be back soon.


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Aw, well that's too bad, I liked Amy the couple of visits I had with her. I hope they find someone else quickly, they seem like they're staying very busy.

 

BTW, I have also had occasion to meet Dr. Bootstaylor, their backup physician. My ultrasound revealed an abnormal amount of fluid on the baby's kidneys, which is minor, but needs to be watched if it's still there after birth as it can cause infection, and an untreated infection can damage the kidneys.

 

Anyhow, Dr. Bootstaylor was very kind, professional, and explained everything clearly.

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He's awesome too.  He participates on the ICAN of atlanta forum, has let GBN and ICAN have a few events at his office, and he and most of his staff were at the Cesarean Awareness Rally last month orngbiggrin.gif

 

he also is interviewed in this documentary about cesareans/vbacs (as well as dr tate and featuring some local ICAN'ers) 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkga6GP6SWY


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I had a wonderful intervention free birth with Kay at N Fulton. I'm now with Intown Midwifery for my second - that sucks about Amy leaving! Though it sounds like Margaret will soon be back.

Home birth is the cheapest option. I thought that midwives charged less than OBs. But they're still you're best option for a cheaper birth like pp said because you're less likely to have costly interventions. Try not to stay in the hospital long either. Our post partum room cost $1000/ night! Glad we only stayed one night!

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