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If yes, can you tell me who was your midwife, your experience, etc?<br><br>
Also, if you feel comfortable, can you tell me how much you ended up paying?<br><br>
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I had Regina and an apprentice from Birthcare. The homebirth/midwife part of delivery was amazing and I would do it again in a second.<br><br>
My labor was awful and without my doula and midwives massaging me and talking me through I probably would have forced DH to take me to the hospital for drugs.<br><br>
I do wish I had a better tub and more hot water though. (they actually had to boil water at my birth like in the old days lol)<br><br>
We paid 3600 because we paid before 32 weeks. (usually 4500) and got 2900 back, I believe, from insurance.
 

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I had my homebirth in DC, not NOVA--but this link may be helpful for you!<br><br><a href="http://novahomebirth.org/" target="_blank">http://novahomebirth.org/</a>
 

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I also had Regina from Birthcare (plus my birth assistant who was also a midwife, she's moved away from the area, though), not sure how much it cost because insurance covered the entire thing. (We have Federal BC/BS insurance)<br>
I think I had to pay for the homebirth kit and a few supplies, and we even had that reimbursed from our FSA.<br><br>
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i was in DC at the time, but i used Birthcare as well and had a great experience. i'd only go with them if you have insurance that will pay for most or all of it, though, as their fees are much higher than what a CPM would charge.<br><br>
i've heard great things about Peggy Franklin. And depending where you are in NoVa, Francesca Lauria sometimes attends births there. there's a list here, though I know Marilee is no longer in the area. <a href="http://www.naturalbirthdc.com/links" target="_blank">http://www.naturalbirthdc.com/links</a>
 

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I had Erin from BirthCare and had a great homebirth experience. My birth assistant was supposed to be Peggy Franklin with Birth By Design. Peggy got called away to another birth where she was the primary midwife, so she called in another birth assistant--Pravine, if I remember her name right. She just started working with BirthCare as a birth assistant. She's a nice lady and was a midwife in Britain, though she's not certified here yet as a midwife. For whatever reason, though, we didn't really click. That may have had something to do with never meeting her before I was in labor though =\.<br><br>
Since I have BCBS, BirthCare billed my insurance directly and I didn't pay a dime to them. I did pay for the birth assistant(s) out of pocket ($650) as well as the homebirth kit (about $37 with shipping) and the birthing pool. I'm currently trying to get reimbursement from BCBS for these.<br><br>
Good luck with your homebirth. I can highly recommend both BirthCare and Peggy Franklin.
 
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