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Hi I'm Lisa (24), wife to Andy, and I'm a stay at home to my daughters Taylor and Rylie (almost 4 and 2.5) and my son Seth (10 months). AF just left town today and we're officially NTNP baby #4. I've never had a home birth but I'm strongly considering it should we conceive baby #4. I have a few questions to ask if you ladies wouldn't mind answering. What would be the reasons for needing a transfer to the hospital while in labor? I'm asking because I know the midwives come with most of the medical stuff, should it become necessary, just no operating room. Needing to be transferred while in labor is the ONLY thing that kinda freaks me out. I've had super easy, quick labors in the past though so if that's any indication, I shouldn't need to be transferred but we all know every labor is different LoL.How much would you usually pay for blood work and ultrasounds? The midwives in my area charge around $2500-$3000 for home birth and I wanted a general idea of how much more I'd be looking to spend. Thanks ladies!!
It really all depends on your and your midwife. It could be a number of things. Blood pressure too high, water broken for too long. Fevers, etc.
As for blood work and such, that is all included in the total cost for my midwife. So I'm paying 3600, and that covers everything. 24hr on call for the midwife for calls, concerns, etc, all prenatal appointments, the birth, baby care for the first 6 weeks, and my 6 week check up, plus all tests. So, again, it all depends on the midwife you get.
Thank you for your answer If the blood testing and ultrasound(s) are included in that price then I would feel much better about the cost. My insurance doesn't cover home birth (ok, well it covers one home birth midwife but she's 90 mins from me and she'd have to come through VERY heavy traffic to get to me AND my labors are usually very quick (my last one WAS 90 mins!) so I'd be afraid she wouldn't make it) but they do cover births in the hospital with midwives which is what I've done the last 2 times. I'm just trying to get an idea of how much a home birth will cost because it would be coming out of our pocket
It depends on your midwife and if you have insurance. My insurance paid half my homebirth and for all labs and u/s so i only ended up paying half of the cost out of pocket. Things that you could be transferred for vary midwife to midwife. It could be something like laboring for over 24 hours with no cervical change, baby starts showing major signs of distress. After birth wise it would be for issues with baby or PP hemorrhage. You can always have the lab bill your insurance for any blood work and if you choose to have u/s they should be able to bill your insurance.
In addition to my midwife's fees I paid the following:
$85 for a sonogram midway through the pregnancy
$75 for the birth kit
$300 for the midwife's assistant at the birth
$200 to rent her heated/jetted birth tub
All my labwork was included in her cost. Your midwife should have a detailed list of what is covered in her contract. My insurance doesn't cover the birth and we have a $500 copay for labwork/special testing so I paid for it all out of pocket.
Alison - Mom to: Augustus (2) Maximus (3) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (12) Christopher (14)