It is often said that birth is an investment. In other words, families must decide what is important to them and what do they wish to get out of one of the most joyful experiences in their lives. What do they want to spend their money on? Do they care if, at the end of the experience, they feel that they got their money’s worth? That they would do it all over again? Do they feel that relationships are important? That their feelings and wishes are honored? That they will remember their experience forever in a positive way and look back on it in happiness? Because every mother, and even their partners, will always remember their birth experiences for the rest of their lives.
Care provided by homebirth midwives is very different than the traditional physician/hospital experience. We become a part of your family. We walk the journey with you. We are there for you. We support and honor you. While our care is more comprehensive, the cost for such care is actually a lot less than that of hospital-based care. And you will always have less risk of induction, epidural and cesarean section.
Insurance companies are mindless, faceless, soulless, money-hungry bureaucracies that only care about how much care they can deny or how little they can pay to providers. At least, after 5 years of trying to work with them, this has been our experience. Like more and more providers who can no longer sustain a practice by contracting with insurance companies, we have decided to also go the way of a cash, check or charge business. The abuse has been real, disheartening, and offensive. They fail to recognize the excellent care that we give and refuse to even want to listen or learn about it. We are so looking forward to the improvement in our mental health without having to constantly fight and argue and be on hold forever just to get paid for even less that what we deserve. Maybe someday things will change, but for now, remember, you get what you pay for.