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Old 04-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #11
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My CNM charges $4000 + lab, u/s etc. She does bill insurance though. When you see theese low prices $1200 I am going to guess that these are unlicensed midwives. I say that because licensed midwives need to cover their malpractice. If you think of it hourly. My midwife schedules one hour for prenatals(10-12 visits), the birth(for me she was there 16 hours), 2 post partum visits( one hour each). Plus the time she has to spend charting after my visits, coordinate labs, u/s and referrals. She also has to pay her birth assistant which is $475+ mileage. She is really not making all that much when it is all said and done.

I know it is expensive but I think I got a great value for my money.

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Old 04-26-2011, 04:31 PM   #12
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Mine will be about 1800 with mileage and her sliding scale fee and another hundred for the pool. There is another group of midwives around here that charge about 4000 though. Your best bet is to ask around or do some snooping on the internet. Thats how i found mine. Type in your area and homebirth midwives. You may find some forums where people are discussing midwives in your area.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:35 PM   #13
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When I called a midwife in town here, her practice charges $4000, that is prenatal, labor, birth and post natal. They are very involved.

I live in Northern WI
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:47 PM   #14
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Ok, so I'm not completely off my rocker. I have no doubt she deserves the $4500, heck it's probably no where near enough and that it's well worth it But, without having insurance front the money, it makes it very very difficult for the average person to cover the cost, IMO and as it seems it is on the top end of what the "market rate" is. FWIW, she is licensed, but from what I gathered does not have malpractice insurance because it is too costly. She is an ARNP CNM and one of the very few in the area. She is in the process of getting a birth center up and going again (we had one until '08 when the midwife supposedly "retired", but now she's practicing again but mainly women's care?? who knows what really happened) but it will not be ready until 2012 at the earliest. It does not include visits to our home, with the exception of labor and delivery obviously. We would have to go to her which is not a big deal.
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I'm in Memphis, and our MW is $3600 for prenatal/ birth/ antenatal. She can bill insurance, but we don't know if our ins will cover it yet. We are switching to DH's ins which goes into effect May 16. My insurance does not cover it, so fx-ing hard DH's will.
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My midwives charge $1000. They are lay midwives, though the main mw is a licensed nurse. There is four people on their team.

I'm in Utah. I have no idea if this is the norm around here. I think my team mostly does this as a labor of love. A lot of their clients have tight budgets and no insurance. As lay midwives, they couldn't take insurance if they wanted to.
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Mine was $2,000 if we paid cash and more if we billed the insurance.
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:38 PM   #18
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When I looked into it here, it was around 4000 - 4500. But, all of them practice out of Atlanta, so it goes by the price range for where they are, not where you are (I'm nearly an hour away in a lower COL area).
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Mine was $2,700 for everything. They typically range from $2,000 - $5,000
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I am in Augusta and it's around $2500 for a home birth, but there is only 1 midwife in my town...

I am going to a birth center in Columbia, SC and it costs 4500, and that's with an early pay discount. We should get reimbursed around $1800 after the birth from insurance. Hopefully!
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