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    The problem with these threads is too many people get defensive and treat things as though everything is black and white. As has been mentioned above there are good and bad in all professions including midwives & obstetricians. The key is finding a care provider YOU are comfortable with. I am going to a private hospital with an obstetrician. My ob is very pro natural vaginal birth, he will not induce or request caesareans unless it's medically necessary, he will not make decisions without discussing them with me and my DH and is encouraging a drug free birth. My previous gyno/obstetrician is the opposite and much more expensive. I've also had a negative experience in a public hospital many years ago with my last baby but I'm fully aware that not all public hospitals are the same and the next person might have a great experience. Whilst home birth is not for me it's not my place to tell someone what they should and shouldn't do. If people were a little more open minded instead of attacking each other maybe we could all learn from each others experiences.

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    Our local public hospital now does homebirths at no cost, yay!! But too late for me twos my limit

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    My local hospital has a homebirth program too, but it doesn't interest me.

    They also offer a program where you see the same midwife throughout pregnancy and birth, no ob required

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    I'm tired of this.
    Thanks for the discussion, it's opened my eyes to some interesting opinions

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    I never saw an ob with either of my pregnancies or births. Didnt even see a dr after 12 weeks midwives did it all and for the most part were brilliant. The only doctor i saw inspected me for tears after ds accidental freebirth in the car, ignoring my protests and didn't once introduce herself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    Wow that's a lot to be out of pocket. Did you not have private health cover. I was out of pocket $900 both times and that was my obs fee for management during pregnancy.
    Was that recently because medicare hardly cover anything now and private health only covers in-hospital. So I was out of pocket about $4000 with a pretty expensive ob. $7000 out of pocket seems like a lot but $900 is so so low. My mid pregnancy planning fee is $2600 alone and Medicare cover about $200 of that. Add ultrasounds etc. will be at least $4000 out of pocket with top private health cover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    How much does a midwife charge for a homebirth by the way?
    It varies. Some IM's work alone, others prefer to have a backup midwife as well. Some will defer payment until you receive your baby bonus. Anywhere from $2k-$5k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    How much does a midwife charge for a homebirth by the way?
    My IM charged no more than $1600, that was for all antenatal, postnatal care plus the labour/birth.

    She missed my labour/birth so only charged $1200.

    Generally speaking though, anywhere between $3500-$5000 is normal for a homebirth.

    *I can haz typos*

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    How much does a midwife charge for a homebirth by the way?
    Mine is $2600 for the birth (2 midwives), $800 booking fee, about $75 per antenatal and $120 per post natal. Medicare pay for most of the antenatal and postnatal, but not the booking fee or birth.

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    I met a lady here in WA that had a home birth and she said it was all free!!


 

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