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January 29th, 2010, 05:51 AM
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What is the general cost for a homebirth midwife and doula? I know it varies but I want a ballpark figure. We may be ttc as soon as this summer and I want to start planning ahead. Although I think our insurance does cover homebirths, but I have to check the policy again.
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January 29th, 2010, 06:18 AM
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I just checked the other day for home births and the one here, in Atlanta that I want to use is $2700.00 plus $60 for the birth kit. My insurance doesn't cover home births and it is still technically illegal to have one here, so I can't haggle with them to cover it. We will still have one though.

I checked doulas in this area 2 years ago and it seemed like the going rate was around $600. Not sure if that's changed.
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January 29th, 2010, 06:35 AM
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Midwife with DS1 charged us $2500 (Eastern NC). She reimbursed us $500 because I didn't have the homebirth. Midwife I used with DS2 charged the same, $2500 (Atlanta, GA). She actually charges like $2800, but offers a discount if it's paid in full by a certain time.

When I priced homebirth in So. Cal it ranged from $2900-3600.
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January 29th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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Costs in my area range between $3000-$4000 (I spoke to 5 different midwives before picking mine). However that is for everything including birth kit, the only thing any of them said I'd have to provide is a pool if I wanted it.

Some of them gave discounts for no insurance coverage and cash customers. All of them required a deposit and full amount paid by 36 weeks.
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January 29th, 2010, 07:25 AM
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For me it was $2300. Then I rented a birthing tub from them also which was $200. And had I made it to full term and actually had a home birth, I also would have bought the birth kit which is like $60 and gotten a few other things at the store.
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January 29th, 2010, 07:53 AM
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Mine was 1500, but I know other midwives in the area charge 3000
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January 29th, 2010, 09:27 AM
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Mine charge $3500, but if you have my insurance which won't cover any of the cost of the midwives, but does let you do any prenatal testing for free at the OB then they discount it down to $3000. Plus, the birth kit is another $60.
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January 29th, 2010, 10:37 AM
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$2,500 birth kit included, ins. didn't cover it and I had to POP for my ultrasound.

I didn't have a doula.
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January 29th, 2010, 12:40 PM
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Oh, and my birth kit wasn't included. It was $35. Aquadoula was included and doula/assistant fee.
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January 29th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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In Canada homebirth is covered under our provincial health coverage, so my MW was 'free'. My doula charges 500.00 for birth and after care but since my husband lost his job and she knew we were planning a homebirth she charges us nothing - just to be there since she was at my son's birth 18m ago. She's an angel!
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January 29th, 2010, 02:22 PM
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In San Francisco the average is around $4000 but can be up to $5000.
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January 29th, 2010, 08:30 PM
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Here it seems to be from $3-4000. Doulas I think run $400-1000. My insurance (United) covers midwives, but only CNMs in hospitals are in network. I simply filed the bill as an out-of-network midwife and never mentioned homebirth at all, so they covered 50% after my deductible.
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January 30th, 2010, 06:48 AM
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January 31st, 2010, 12:34 PM
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my state has medicaid coverage for homebirth, and liscensure...... so costs for HB are more- local range is 4000-5000 plus labs(500-1000+), ultrasound if done(100-250+), birthkit/tub(30-80/40).

Also state law requires insurance to cover HB, so that also helps. Our OOP with private insurance was 1000$ total.
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January 31st, 2010, 04:24 PM
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our midwife charges 5000 total, which is a lot but she is very experienced, and has not had a single transfer in 2 years.

In NJ we paid 1000 for our Doula, who had 15 years experience. We could have gotten one for a lot cheaper, but we chose not to.
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February 1st, 2010, 10:25 AM
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I'm in NY and HBs here run about $6000 or so.
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February 1st, 2010, 04:31 PM
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my state has medicaid coverage for homebirth, and liscensure...... so costs for HB are more- local range is 4000-5000 plus labs(500-1000+), ultrasound if done(100-250+), birthkit/tub(30-80/40).

Also state law requires insurance to cover HB, so that also helps. Our OOP with private insurance was 1000$ total.
I thought it was strange that our insurance policy covered HB, but that's great that it's a state law! Our hospital copays were 1400, so if I go for a HB and don't have to transfer it may be a better deal. I figure I'll either do a HB or hospital birth with a doula. I don't think any birth centers around here take vbacs.
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February 2nd, 2010, 10:55 AM
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I thought it was strange that our insurance policy covered HB, but that's great that it's a state law! Our hospital copays were 1400, so if I go for a HB and don't have to transfer it may be a better deal. I figure I'll either do a HB or hospital birth with a doula. I don't think any birth centers around here take vbacs.
are you in fl? if so there are no BCs doing vbac, b/c due to sneeky laws it isn't allowed.
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February 2nd, 2010, 05:23 PM
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Yup! I just got involved in the local ICAN so I can hopefully learn who is out there. I'm not sure if I want a HB or a hospital birth (with a doula) yet, but I thought I had read that about the birthing centers and vbacs before.
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February 2nd, 2010, 07:20 PM
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Here in Minnesota it is anywhere from $2500-$3500 I still haven't found a doula willing to do a homebirth on a Hba3c, but I have no issues with the midwives funny...
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