what to do?...delivery (long...)

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what to do?...delivery (long...)
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Sun, 05-30-2010 - 8:38am

Hi.

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 10:59pm

We also paid completely out of pocket so we could use a midwife that would do a homebirth with us. But the total cost for prenatal, birth, and postnatal care and BFing support is only $3000. Which I feel like, we could pay that much just with copays and different costs if we went to a hospital, so to us it is totally worth it.

Anyway, I agree with everyone else--go with the option that makes you feel more comfortable, even if it is a little extra money. You might also want to look for an independent midwife with a set cost (like ours) because it might be even cheaper. Good luck! And KUP on what you decide!

Silly Expecting Siggy


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Registered: 04-05-2010
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 11:49am
It sounds like you have talked to your insurance company, but if
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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 06-02-2010 - 2:35pm

I'm not sure what I would do in your circumstances, I also would worry about the anxiety of delivering at the hospital.

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Mon, 05-31-2010 - 9:49am

You'll have to look at how much going back to that hospital will stress you compared to how much the extra cost would stress you for going to the midwives you trust.

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Registered: 10-03-2008
Mon, 05-31-2010 - 12:23am

My 2 cents - It's worth the money to have the option that feels right for you, if you can swing it. I know that even in network we're paying off fees from Jaspers birth & will be for a little while, but it was great & worth every penny!


FYI - there's a flat fee for all of the prenatal care with extras for tests & such. You can often get on a pre-payment plan & pay on it during th PG to spread it all out. GL deciding!


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Sun, 05-30-2010 - 8:07pm
If it were me, I'd give the midwifery practice that is in network a try. At least have an appointment to meet them. You may find that you do like them and that they will work with you and your birth plan. You always have the option of changing to the other practice if you don't like them or they won't work with you. You have plenty of time to switch.
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Sun, 05-30-2010 - 7:24pm
I paid 20% for my midwife so I say go for it!! I was attempting natural, but never having done it before open to pain management. I had a failed epidural (only worked on my right side) but I made it to 6 cm's no problem. I plan to do the same thing next time, labor until I either deliver naturally or need some pain management. My Dr was awesome and I wouldn't trade that for the world. Even if the extra bills did stink.






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Sun, 05-30-2010 - 6:09pm
Hi Erica. I think in your particular case, I would go for the second choice (that is, pay the money and go with the small midwife practice). Personally, I had a wonderful birth in a hospital, so I know it can be done if you have a supportive team.
But I think in your case, the negative psychological links you have with the hospital would truly affect your labor. You would spend the whole time dreading that someone would push some intervention on you.
Honestly. i still don't get the love that american hospitals have for the IV lines. I mean, if the woman is laboring normally, so why the urge??? even a terrible emergency would give you time to put the IV...
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