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07-08-2012 06:22 PM
Love Home Birth

I used Chris Duffy and loved the experience.  We just found out that we are lucky enough to need her for a second time and are very much looking forward to it!!!  Her website is www.myhealthfreedom.com

12-08-2009 07:13 PM
crstnMama Did you interview your whole list of midwives? What did you decide on? How did they compare?

We're talking to Sandra this week and I was wondering if there's anyone else from your list we should consider. I'd love to hear what you thought about all the ladies you interviewed!
10-17-2009 06:55 PM
Nannysbaby Thank you Angela! Talked to all three of them today and dd is setting up interviews...
10-17-2009 12:03 AM
Nannysbaby
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post


At times she has taken medicaid too.

And fwiw she is not currently the only midwife who will wait on payment from insurance either.

-Angela
Angela, can you give me the names of those mw's who will wait on payment from insurance? Pretty please?
10-11-2009 01:43 AM
HeatherB That's great! Can't wait to hear how the rest of your interviews go!
10-10-2009 09:17 PM
ShwarmaQueen Yay!
10-10-2009 06:42 PM
elyag Okay - I'm loving Chris now. We met with her this afternoon and we totally hit it off. She's so easy to talk to and I felt a really great vibe from her. Plus, she's more in our price scale so even better!

10-10-2009 12:56 PM
elyag I'm finishing up my interviews this week. Meeting with Chris Duffy today, Sandra MacDonald on Monday or Tuesday and I'm interviewing Kellie Moeller on Wednesday. I wasn't planning on interviewing Kellie but I met her at the BIRTH Fair and we hit it off so I decided to throw her into the mix.

I'll let you know who I pick!
10-06-2009 09:30 PM
vanessab23
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Nope, she isnt. I am sad that Jackie doesnt take Medicaid anymore but I understand why she doesnt... there were people she didnt get a penny for.
well that must be it then-- i was with medicaid when miles was born in 2005.

btw ladies, i understand that if someone has insurance you are more flexible-- i meant for those who aren't so lucky and have to pay out of pocket. at 36 weeks medicaid dumped me for HB coverage and i had weeks to come up with $900.
10-06-2009 04:16 PM
HeatherB While my MW (Sandra McDonald) didn't spell out terms like outlined above, I never have had to pay before the birth. We billed insurance each time. If I have another, I actually will make payments before the birth because I think it will be easier, but she hasn't required it for those with insurance.
10-06-2009 11:04 AM
almadianna
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post


At times she has taken medicaid too.

And fwiw she is not currently the only midwife who will wait on payment from insurance either.

-Angela
Nope, she isnt. I am sad that Jackie doesnt take Medicaid anymore but I understand why she doesnt... there were people she didnt get a penny for.
10-06-2009 11:01 AM
alegna
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Well this isnt new, i had this option when I first met with Jackie (over 4 years ago) and with my last one too... I dont know why you think it has changed a great deal. She has awlays wanted to see if insurance pays for the bulk of it. Maybe it is because I have always had great insurance that she wanted to see what would happen... but this isnt new.


At times she has taken medicaid too.

And fwiw she is not currently the only midwife who will wait on payment from insurance either.

-Angela
10-06-2009 10:47 AM
almadianna
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I just question the motive when the policy has changed in a few short years-- granted I have been out of houston for 1.5 years now-- has there been a great influx of midwives to the area? I'm wondering why such a seasoned midwife would need to change her policies (and not to her advantage) when she already has a full load.
Well this isnt new, i had this option when I first met with Jackie (over 4 years ago) and with my last one too... I dont know why you think it has changed a great deal. She has awlays wanted to see if insurance pays for the bulk of it. Maybe it is because I have always had great insurance that she wanted to see what would happen... but this isnt new.
10-06-2009 10:15 AM
ShwarmaQueen I do get the feeling that there are more MWs than there is demand for.
10-06-2009 09:59 AM
vanessab23
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why?
I just question the motive when the policy has changed in a few short years-- granted I have been out of houston for 1.5 years now-- has there been a great influx of midwives to the area? I'm wondering why such a seasoned midwife would need to change her policies (and not to her advantage) when she already has a full load.
10-05-2009 04:13 PM
atrain
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She made me a similar offer. She gave me the out-of- pocket discount. She also said she requires 350 on the first visit. Then she said if I see you are making regular payments if there is a balance left you have until the end of the birth year to pay her back. She does hang on to the birth cert until the full payment is received though. But we still have to make payments before the baby is born which is what I would prefer to do.
me too. I did have insurance so that could of been part of it. Not by her asking but just to get it out of the way I paid my deductible to her when I was 39 weeks but I think it could have waited if I had not asked to pay it.
10-04-2009 10:52 AM
almadianna
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Still sounds bizarre to me.
why?
10-04-2009 10:38 AM
party_of_seven I'd like to throw in my rec for Sallie Witte. You can find her info at http://www.texasmidwives.com/ Her fees are reasonable and she is flexible. She has attended two of my homebirths. She does all visits at your home. I love that she will treat you like a friend instead of acting like a "medical professional" who has some sort of power over you. She is not medically minded, but handles complications well. (I had a bleed after my last birth that she managed very well without having to transport) We are expecting another baby in May, and I am using her again. She is worth interviewing.

Good luck!
10-04-2009 10:18 AM
vanessab23 Still sounds bizarre to me.
10-03-2009 11:56 AM
elyag
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whoa. I find that *very* interesting that jackie is allowing you to pay AFTER the birth-- you aren't paying her a single penny before????

that wasn't an option for me when I used her (i will PM the OP after this with my personal experience). no matter how much or what financial plan you are on it is extremely rare that you will find that. Everyone i have ever known (I am a midwife) has a firm policy that you need to be paid in full by 36 weeks....unless you are a close friend or special repeat client.

I would be leery of that type of "Midwife Special".
She made me a similar offer. She gave me the out-of-pocket discount. She also said she requires 350 on the first visit. Then she said if I see you are making regular payments if there is a balance left you have until the end of the birth year to pay her back. She does hang on to the birth cert until the full payment is received though. But we still have to make payments before the baby is born which is what I would prefer to do.
10-03-2009 11:33 AM
alegna I think that perhaps that deal is for clients paying with insurance. I think that several midwives who accept insurance are allowing that now for clients who have excellent coverage and wish to cover the whole thing with insurance.

-Angela
10-03-2009 10:19 AM
vanessab23
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Jackie Griggs will be our midwife for the birth of our baby in Feb. I interviewed four midwives and found myself most comfortable with Jackie. She also does payment plans...don't have to pay anything until after the baby is born and you have until the end of the year to pay in full and she gives discounts for not having insurance/or not using it. The range for midwives I found while interviewing was $2400 (Christine Messara) to $5200 (Kellie Moeller with all visits at home).
whoa. I find that *very* interesting that jackie is allowing you to pay AFTER the birth-- you aren't paying her a single penny before????

that wasn't an option for me when I used her (i will PM the OP after this with my personal experience). no matter how much or what financial plan you are on it is extremely rare that you will find that. Everyone i have ever known (I am a midwife) has a firm policy that you need to be paid in full by 36 weeks....unless you are a close friend or special repeat client.

I would be leery of that type of "Midwife Special".
10-01-2009 02:12 PM
schwertnermom The birth center is in pasadena although she will travel for home birth. She helped deliver my son and we are going back to her this time! Her name is Jackie Griggs and this is her website
http://www.houstonmidwife.com/index/



oops, guess you were already one step ahead of me
09-30-2009 07:11 PM
elyag I met with Jackie Griggs today! I loved her!!! But..... I'm going to force myself to interview more midwives just in case. I would have loved to sign the contract today though. I felt very comfortable with her.

I have an appointment with Chris Duffy next weekend. I called Sandra McDonald and spoke to her but she still hasn't called me back about setting up an appointment. I'll call her back next week if I haven't heard from her by then.
09-23-2009 10:33 AM
elyag Wow! That's some really good news from the posters above! I'm going to have a hard time deciding!

I'm going to start interviewing next week so I'll let you all know who I end up going with. I wish I could start this week but I'm on a major deadline right now and I'm swamped until tomorrow afternoon.

Wow! I'm getting so excited about this!
09-23-2009 01:44 AM
HeatherB Sandra is my midwife, and I wholeheartedly recommend her. Definitely talk to her about costs and possible arrangements before making a decision. She does come to you for all appointments, which is fantastic, and also provides most of your birth kit items. Anyway, she was absolutely perfect for me, so I can't really put a price on that.

I took a "Bradley" class from Rae Andrews, and also found her to be more medically-minded, which I think can happen to many CNMs who spend a lot of time working in hospitals. On the other hand, I have benefitted greatly from Sandra's extensive knowledge of natural health and healing.

You've got a great list to start! Let us know whom you go with!
09-22-2009 09:58 PM
JamieM Jackie Griggs will be our midwife for the birth of our baby in Feb. I interviewed four midwives and found myself most comfortable with Jackie. She also does payment plans...don't have to pay anything until after the baby is born and you have until the end of the year to pay in full and she gives discounts for not having insurance/or not using it. The range for midwives I found while interviewing was $2400 (Christine Messara) to $5200 (Kellie Moeller with all visits at home).
09-18-2009 08:10 PM
alegna
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WOW! $2500 for paying in full by 20 weeks!? That's pretty awesome!
exactly.....

-Angela
09-18-2009 07:48 PM
elyag
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But her prices did go up (said she wasn't making her costs)...currently it's between $2500-$3900. http://myhealthfreedom.com/index.php?id=210

I'd call her regarding payment, she's fairly flexible.
WOW! $2500 for paying in full by 20 weeks!? That's pretty awesome!
09-18-2009 07:08 PM
ShwarmaQueen
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Half? Wow! That's a big difference!!
But her prices did go up (said she wasn't making her costs)...currently it's between $2500-$3900. http://myhealthfreedom.com/index.php?id=210

I'd call her regarding payment, she's fairly flexible.
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