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Laura, depending on where you are stationed, it is possible to get it covered. I need to find the links again, but i remember the jist of the Tricare policy on homebirths. IF you use a CNM, and its legal in the state you're located in, then Tricare WILL cover the birth. I believe you are responsible for just 25% of the bill. This doesn't mean it will be easy to get it covered, you'll likely have to fight them to get them to cover it, but it IS in the policy that its covered. It will require a lot of paperwork, but its possible. Oh, and the CNM needs to be in network. According to a DOD policy, if a mother does not want to give birth in a hospital, she can opt to use a birthing center or homebirth, as long as its legal and the provider is in network. You can search the tricare website, the entire handbook is available there. So the main problem would then be that you don't know where you'll be stationed (i assume. we knew because he got it in his contract), so it will still be iffy. Its definitely possible though. And from what I've heard, you shouldn't be hassled about getting the new baby set up as a dependent or on Tricare. You'll do the birth certificate through the state as usual, then just take the paperwork in to get the baby on DEERS. I haven't actually had a homebirth since dh joined the army, but i had my dd 6 months before he left for basic training at home, and was planning to ttc this summer but changed my mind. I had already looked into all the issues involved and narrowed my search to 2 midwives - a CNM who would be covered but I'd have to pay $2500 out of pocket and drive over an hour for appointments, then get reimbursed, or a lay midwife who'd allow me to do my prenatals with our CNM's on base (who i hear only make the really low riskers come in every 6 weeks instead of 4) and just use her for the birth and it would be cheaper but wouldn't be reimbursed. But as it turns out, we plan to ttc this winter/spring, and by the time the baby is born, we won't live here anymore.
Anyway, I hope this has helped some. If i can find the specific links for you, i'll come back and post them. But if you just do a search for Tricare and homebirth, you should be able to dig up the same stuff.
 
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