I recently moved to the OKC area and am not as familiar with the community and laws here. In my home state and locale, there were two fantastic midwives (CPM and CNM) used by most alternatively-birthing women in the area.
My CNM birth with my first child was flawless, and I'm hoping to have a homebirth with my next. It seems like you can't swing an armadillo without hitting a midwife in the OKC area, which is great, but it makes the field a bit more complicated when it comes to rave reviews.
1) If you've had a homebirth with an OKC-area midwife or group, who did you have, and what were your opinions? Is there anyone you've used and said, "This was so great, I'll never birth with another midwife as long as s/he is here!" Is there any particular practice you'd avoid, for whatever reason (habits, bad experience, practice requirements, personality clash)? I'd love to find someone who works well with myself and my family, and I don't want to waste anyone's time when searching.
2) In addition, I'm not sure about the laws regarding CPMs/DEMs/CMs, and how that would affect insurance coverage. If you've gone through the insurance battle in OK and have any wisdom to share, I would be grateful.
3) If you also have any hospital/OB/CNM recommendations that are respectful of homebirth and the desire to be intervention-free, I would absolutely be grateful, if for nothing more than a Plan B.
Our insurance premiums are not inexpensive, we're a single-income family, and if our out-of-pocket cost for a hospital birth is minimal compared to a 100% out-of-pocket homebirth, my husband (who is considerably more "birthing mainstream" than I am, and is extremely uncomfortable with the idea of a UP/UC) has pointed out that monthly bills take precedence over a homebirth. I haven't yet looked into homebirth and midwifery coverage with insurance as we're still dealing with our move, but would like to be prepared and have these things in mind for when I do.
Thank you all so very much for your help.
wife of my sun and stars
momma to tiny.human v1.0
tiny.human v2.0 summer 2014
Congratulations on your recent move! It looks like your post may have been missed, so I'm bumping it up for attention. Anyone have a recommendation to share?
Is there any particular practice you'd avoid, for whatever reason (habits, bad experience, practice requirements, personality clash)?
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I know several midwives in that area. Happy to pass along my recommendations via pm. Or you could check out the Oklahoma Birth Network website and provider directory: http://www.oklahomabirthnetwork.com/providers/index-6_mid.html
Regarding your second question. CPM and other DEMs are not regulated in OK. There are a couple CNMs in the state who are able to do out-of-hospital births. There is one in the OKC are who will be starting a practice the first of the year. I know some midwives have success filing with insurance via a billing service. You would have to talk to the midwife about her specific policy on filing with insurance companies (not all of us in the state do).
It's my understanding that OU there is *the* place to be for a natural birth.
Happy to help any way I can. :)
Wife + Homeschooling Mama to 4 + Midwife
Hi there! Welcome to OK. :)
We are in Norman. Here there is a midwifery center called Community Midwifery Center
But like someone else said, OU is great. The CNMs there are really well respected. Personally I had an all natural water birth there with my son (who is now 6).
I know a couple great doulas too who can probably help more.
I hope some of this helps!