Re: Birth Center/ Midwife costs vs. hospital birth?
I went to a birth center. My middle dd was a scheduled birth center birth but due to complications we transferred during labor to the hospital. But the entire birth would have cost us about $5500 out of pocket at the birthcenter. That included all prenatal appointments, my midwife fees, facility fee, newborn care, a homevisit at 2 days pp and 2 pp checkups. It didn't include my labs or u/s.
Just as a comparison the hospital bill was about $12K with my middle dd (before insurance of course). That was about 24 hours at the hospital, blood transfusion, the backup ob, and then all the other newborn care. But I do think the transfusions were expensive so I'm not sure how much less it would have been without those.