Question for the Answer Box (i.e. responses from YOU!): Midwife or OB/GYN? Which did you choose and why?
Midwife, no question. I have HMO insurance which didn't cover a midwife at all, not even as an out-of-network provider (which most PPO plans will do as long as midwifery is legal in your state.) I happily paid out of pocket for my midwife, both times. I got dual care with the OB through my HMO so I got the labs, ultrasounds, genetic testing, glucose screening, etc. covered and also so that the hospital would have complete records for me if I ended up there. Which I did, both times, for very different reasons. Even still, for the prenatal support, the labor support (which follows you to the hospital if you need to transfer) and the post-partum support was totally worth the fee. She came to my home at 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 10 days, and 14 days to check on the baby, check on me, make sure my c-section incision was healing (the HMO didn't care to see either of us for six weeks!) and make sure I wasn't overdoing things & my DH was picking up his own weight. Definitely midwifery care!
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