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#1 of 4 Old 01-03-2009, 11:55 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We are thinking about moving to kalamazoo from northern michigan and I'm 9 weeks pregnant--wondering who the homebirth midwives are and how much they run--any rec's appreciated!

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Hi Sarah, it will be nice to have you in Kalamazoo!

You might like to join the local natural families Yahoo group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NFKalamazoo/

Linda Healey is a CPM in Battle Creek, and she does home births in Kalamazoo. Her web site is in the works right now, but you can find her phone number if you google Linda Healey midwife. Also, Janice Marsh Prelesnik is in Galesburg: www.creativebirthingarts.com. A couple of the Grand Rapids midwives will also do births in Kzoo.

Prices for home births in this area range from $1,400 - $2,000.
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Hi there! thank you for those names! My gosh--they charge $500-$1100 less than what my midwife charges--of course her fees have gone up by $700 since my sons birth 2.5 years ago:

I also see that you are a doula--should we move, we will be looking for a doula as well, might I ask what you generally charge (or the going rate down there if that's TMI on-line

We haven't set it in stone yet, but its too pricey her in traverse city and there are NO jobs for dh. It would be a June move--baby is due early august.

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Hi Sarah, TC has a lovely birth community!

Going rate for doulas here is $300-600, depending on experience. You might be able to find a brand new doula doing her first few certification births for around $200.

Cost-of-living is pretty good here! I understand about TC, we have a friend who keeps trying to get my DH to move up there to earn 1/2 of what DH earns here, with the promise that "it's a really good salary for Traverse City," but we also know the COL is so high!

If you end up staying in TC, check with your midwife about cost. Some will do repeat clients for the same price they charged for the first birth.

Feel free to PM me if you want more info as your potential move draws closer. I also had a home birth here with a doula, my midwife, my 2.5 year old (and his support person) present and I'd be happy to share info if you need it.
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