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#1 of 8 Old 05-22-2013, 08:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello,  I was wondering if anyone knew if Medicaid covered midwives, birth centers, homebirth, and/or water births?  I am currently pregnant with my second child and would prefer to use a midwife in or out of a hospital situation.  I definitely want a natural childbirth and would love to be able to have a water birth.

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Where I lived I had medicaid that covered homebirth. Have you already chosen an MCO? (managed care org) There was only one in my area that did cover homebirth. I found which by first calling the few midwiferies around to see who accepted medicaid at all, and then the midwife (a CNM) I chose told me that if I wanted a homebirth I would need to choose this one specific MCO. So I did, and the birth itself was covered! At this office though they had a midwife assistant who attends and that was NOT covered by insurance unless at the hospital, so I did have to pay something like $500 in order to have the homebirth. Water tub rentals from their office weren't covered by insurance, but I don't know if that would be the case everywhere.
 

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You should contact your Medicaid agent. They can answer this for you. My care plan accepted a birth center but only one midwife in my area. I ended up getting an OBGYN and opting for a birthing center. Then I had to get induced and I didn't get to do the birthing center anymore greensad.gif Good luck! Most birthing centers have whirlpools for birthing in so that may be your best option.
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It depends on what state you are in. Where is that?

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I am living in Akron Ohio.  I will be moving to Marion Ohio by July.

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Medicaid should cover a CNM (almost all of which practice in hospital) but not any DEMs or CPMs (which are who attends out of hospital births almost exclusively in Ohio). because they are not licensed in Ohio.

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Not sure about your area, but I have had two (and am about to have #3) babies at a free-standing birth center, staffed by midwives.  My first was a water birth, second wasn't (by choice) and everything was covered by Medicaid.


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My MCP is caresource and they are covering my CNM in a hospital. To the best of my knowledge medicaid does not cover home births in Ohio, otherwise that's what we would have preferred :)

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