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#1 of 5 Old 08-27-2008, 07:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Looking to home birth and I'd like an ultrasound done around 20 weeks. My midwife is not certified and cannot refer me. Any ideas on what to do? Will a hospital do them w/o a referral? I do not want to become another OB or midwife's patient.
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Are you concerned about something in particular? You can go to the ER if you have a concern... but its my experience in Grand Rapids that to get a 'just checking' ultrasound will require you visiting another provider.
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I have just recently found two independent ultrasound centers who are happy to see my clients for cash payments of somewhere in the neighborhood of $100-$200. One of them is in Jackson, which is about 90 minutes from Grand Rapids.

I would recommend doing a yellow pages search to see if there are independent ultrasound centers and then calling around to see if they would see you without the referral of a licensed provider. Some of them will, I would guess, but they might not be willing to submit to insurance and you might have to pay cash.

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I know some other moms who have used a family doc or DO to order their u/s. Good luck!

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You may get the midwives at http://www.obgyninfert.com/ to help you out. They don't do home births, but I know at least one of the midwives is supportive of them. She offered up a name when I mentioned I was considering one. It's worth a call. They are pretty reasonable too. I don't know how much, but when I saw how much they charge cash customers it wasn't a terrible lot.

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