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#1 of 7 Old 11-25-2008, 04:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello ladies, new here but a lurker for a while now....I think I am pregnant (with my 5th!!! and I am looking for a nice caring ob/gyn in Katy TX. I' d love a midwife and homebirth but my insurance does not cover either.....I am planning a 'natural birth' with no intervention (induction, etc) and hope to find someone who will atleast support me in that. Also does anyone have any experience with Memorial Hermann or Christus St Catherine? Anyone better than the other?
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Having insurance cover my births has always been a big issue for us as well!

Have you considered a birth center? Insurance may be more likely to pay for that. The sticking point is that there aren't any here on the west side of town (I live near Katy). But, I found a birth center and midwife in Pearland that was covered by my insurance (United Healthcare). It's worth calling the centers and checking, because sometimes even if the insurance website does not list any midwives covered, they have found ways to bill. Out in CA, my midwife had a backup physician and billed through him, and since he was on my plan it worked out.

Anyway, I know Pearland is far, but I had my heart set on another water birth and so it was worth it to me. Another option is the midwife group that practices with the Women's Specialists of Houston. They are in the medical center and deliver at St Luke's and Methodist. Again, a bit of a drive, but maybe worth it for someone supportive of natural birthing.

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The ladies over on ICAN have mentioned these doctors as being vbac friendly recently...

Dr. George Edwards and Dr. Lynn. They deliver at Memorial Houston Katy. Their office is right next door. The contact number is 281-392-2266.
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It is a federal law that all insurance companies must provide coverage for all specialities. That means that if there are no midwives covered under their plan they are required by law to give you an exception. What you have to do is send them a letter requesting an out of network exception. You do not have to tell them you are planning on giving birth at home, all they need to know is that you are requesting care by a midwife.

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Thank you all for your replys!!! I will look into all these options!! I had done some searching with my third but ended up getting such run around that I gave up. With my 4th in Houston I used the midwives downtown and delivered at St lukes......it went ok, had to be 'induced' due to low amniotic fluids (kept shrinking each visit).....I will contact Aetna Friday to explore options and also will look into those Drs!
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Please don't deliver at Memorial Herman. They are not mom or baby friendly.

Midwives here in Katy can be covered by your insurance at out of network levels. I delivered at home and the birth was billed to the insurance. Even if it was not the care and attention I recieved was priceless. Imangine each prenatal appointment lasting one hour. Imangine developing a relationship with each person to be at your birth. No strangersto touch you or your baby (and no unknown pathogens to touch your baby). No traveling during labor. No fights over inductions.
Really worth every penny. And, bonus, there are plenty of great midwives to choose from in Katy.

Sorry I didn't answer your question. But I just wanted you to know yoiu have lots of options.

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I saw Catherine Corovessis at the beginning of my pregnancy. She was very nice but it quickly became obvious that we had different ideas about things... She's based out of the Catherine St Christus hospital (can't remember exact name - the one that's not Memorial Hermann) and though her description seemed to suggest they make some effort to accomodate your wishes during labour (birthing balls, encouraged to walk around etc.) they still put the baby on the warmer before giving it to Mom (because obviously what every newborn baby wants and needs is to be put in a plastic box!) and though they "let" you keep your baby for an hour or so and encourage breastfeeding, they then take it away to the nursery for 3-4 hours to let the nurses "do what they have to do". When I asked if I could keep my baby with me, she said I may be "allowed" to keep it for an hour and a half if all was well but then they would definitely take it away. I was also put off by being told that I would be induced at no more than 1 or 2 days past my due date because any longer was "dangerous for the baby". My son was 12 days past his due date but not in the slightest overdue or overdone so the chances are I may well go past with this one as well and I have no intention of being induced unless there is an actual problem indicated. As a result of all this, I decided to go with a midwife and homebirth (though luckily my insurance would cover it). I'm not sure how many of the things I took issue with may have been more flexible if I really fought for them - but I figured the last thing I want to be doing while/ immediately after giving birth is fighting over anything. Good luck - hope you find someone nice!
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