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    I'll try to keep this short...Baby #10 is due in about 7 weeks. This will be my 6th homebirth. The first 4 were with another midwife who has since retired. She was licensed and had a set fee.($4500) Last time I had a lay midwife who was really great, until d day when she almost didn't make it. (long story) She worked on a "donation" fee. Basically whatever we could afford. I am still not sure if I paid her enough. I only saw her like 4 times before d day and paid her abour $1500. This time I choose another lay midwife who was my backup last time. She actually ended up at my last birth because I didn't think my main midwife would make it. I paid her $500 for that one day. So, she is also a "donation" only midwife. How much do I pay, what is the average for a lay midwife? I have seen her only twice, and I will probably see her at least twice more before I deliver. I provide most of the supplies required. I just don't want to insult her, but I don't want to "over pay" (for lack of a better word!). I mean, she is there to help bring forth life, how do I put a price on it? I just wish she would say I charge XYZ. And then, I could pay her. Ugh!! So, what do you think? We are in West Central Minnesota...
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    Well my mw is a CNM. She charges 3500 for all prenatal and the delivery. This is in central Iowa, so not that far away and probably similar rates. I would think for just the delivery I would pay less than that.

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    We are in Seattle. Going rate up here is about 3,000 for all prenatal and delivery. If she has seen you four times I would pay about $100-$150 for those visits and then maybe 1,000-1,500 for birth and post partum care. So, a total of about $1,600-2,000. that is just an estimated guess of what I would be thinking. Hope it helps some. I don't think this amount gypes her any and I am sure she has seen amounts that are far less....

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    I have no idea what you should pay, but I do know I need to move. The m/w group (all CNMs, 1 is also an NP) I see charges $8500 for all prenatal visits and 1 or 2 postpartum visits. This doesn't count any other fees (tests/ultrasounds, etc.) or the hospital. And they don't take insurance.
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    My CNM and LM that I'm going with charge $3,900 for all the prenatal and labor/delivery visits. (at the delivery both will be there). They'll see me as often as an OB office would; all labs and ultrasounds are not included. I'm in Southern California.

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    Both I've talked to in my area charge 3000 or so, not including labs and sonograms. One gives a 500 discount if you pay in cash by week 20.
    That said, if she truly is a "donation midwife" I would really think about what you can afford and what it is worth to you. I know, I know... birth is "priceless"... but if I had a choice, I would pay about 2000, because that is all we can afford without bringing our child into a world of debt. It would be our widow's mite, if you know the biblical story. I don't imagine she would be a "donation" midwife if she didn't mind getting paid less by people who can't afford it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaBlondie918 View Post
    My CNM and LM that I'm going with charge $3,900 for all the prenatal and labor/delivery visits. (at the delivery both will be there). They'll see me as often as an OB office would; all labs and ultrasounds are not included. I'm in Southern California.
    It is like this in Oregon too.
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    It's alot closer to $8,000 here as well. I believe JUST the delivery at the midwifery is something like $3,000. Each prenatel is $150, and a flat fee for all "regular" labs was $495(after a 20% discount), I had to pay for additional labs at $25 per draw several times at the end. I ended up not getting to deliver there and paying the hospital instead!

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    Thanks everyone! I am thinking along the lines of $2000. She is super wonderful and would probably deliver every baby for free, she says it's her ministry. But, you know she really deserves millions for all she does. She has gone to Haiti several times to midwife, she is just awesome! Thanks again!
    Erica, Mommy to: Nathan-17, Tara-15, Alyssa-11, Brandon-10, Sinjin-9, Zoe-8, Calvin-7, Owen-5, Martin-4, Kamie-2, and Griffin Isaac


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    in IL the MW there charges 3500 (i think thats how much it was), 2400 if paid before due date, and 2000 for anyone who would be on medicaid (low income).
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