Post # 1
I might be a little late in entertaining the idea of a midwife (I’m due October 15), but I’d like to give birth without any medication so I’d like some guidance on natural child birth ahead of time. I also recently found out that my hospital has birthing tubs which also interests me, and again, I’d like to be under the guidance of a midwife if I choose that route.
For those of you who have a midwife/doula, etc., when did you contact her? How did you find her? And here comes the most ridiculous question of all, does insurance cover any of it? I only ask because I was blown away to find out that under recent law, my insurance is covering a Madela double electric breast pump, so who knows what else they cover?!
Post # 3
This might sound funny but check at http://www.midwife.org/rp/find.cfm
Doula’s have a similar page through their association.
For mine, my hospital has midwives at the Women’s Health Center and instead of using the ob/gyn department I simply requested to work with the midwives. Once you find a midwife, she can recommend a doula that she’s worked with in the past.
My doula was a coincidence. A really close friend of mine happens to be a doula and I knew I wanted her help during my pregnancy. As soon as I got my BFP I met with her and asked what she would be doing around February then asked her to be my doula.
Post # 5
@MusicBee76: My OB/GYN practice has a group of midwives who work as part of the practice. So for all of the insurance purposes the billing goes through the practice, and you can choose to work with the OB group or the midwife group. Maybe there is a practice like that in your area? I was also super excited to find out about the breast pump coverage!!
Post # 6
@MusicBee76: if you are due so soon, you may encounter some issues getting one so late. I applied for one 2 days after my BFP for a Nov 20 baby and was accepted, but know someone due the week after me who applied when she was about 6 weeks and was declined. Worth contacting people in your area though, as i believe they accept patients based on EDD. If there is an open EDD they just may accept you. 🙂 I found mine through word of mouth/local referrals and they were practicing in the hospital of our choice, which was key.
As far as coverage goes I can’t help you (Cdn bee here) so ours is covered 100% along with the rest of our medical expenses. Definately worth contacting your insurance company about though!
Good luck! we LOVE our midwives. I recently had to go for a high risk consult jsut to make sure i could continue with our midwife program (i have had kidney issues in the past) and the high risk OB who is also a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine said that my labs and work ups that were requested by my midwife were some of the best/most thorough he’s ever seen – he was totally impressed with how above and beyond they went and the level of care i was receiving. 🙂
Keep us posted!
Post # 7
Our local hospital has a midwife office separate but in conjunction with OB/GYN. Doulas… use the Google! Sometimes local PCPs have reccomendations.
Post # 8
I am 22 weeks, and met with my new midwives wednesday. If they are not through a hospital, your insurance may not cover much… a lot of companies do not consider it necessary.
Post # 9
Are you looking for a new health care provider, or labor and birth support?
A midwife is a health care professional who provides care to a woman during pregnancy, labor, and birth.
A doula is a labor support person but not necessarily a medical professional.
Post # 10
@MusicBee76: I’m guessing you’re just looking for labour support rather than someone to the deliver the baby if you already have a hospital? Midwives do the same work as the OBGYN. The doulas are just there for labour support and to help the mother/her partner.
I’d check with your insurer but I’d be surprised if they covered a doula.
Post # 11
Thanks, ladies! I appreciate all of your responses! I appreciate it!!
Post # 12
Midwifery is covered by public health care as an alternative to an OB in Quebec so I just called the birthing center closest to me once I found out I was pregnant (they fill up FAST here), and had my first appointment at 12 weeks. I saw her again at 17 weeks & have another appointment at 22 weeks. 🙂
Post # 13
I live in the states and my state has a midwife alliance I just went to their website and sent in my info and I was matched with several midwives and I made my pick from there. Do some internet searching and see what you find.
We had picked a midwife by like 6 or 8 weeks, but that’s only because DH and I decided before we were even engaged that if we had children we wanted a natural midwife coached birth. So I started looking the day after my BFP.
Post # 14
I chose a birth center at 9 weeks, and I was assigned a midwife. My insurance company would only cover the cost of a midwife if I was giving birth at a birth center.