The Peak Midwifery Collective firmly believes that the midwife model of care is right for every woman. The midwifery model of care has been shown time and again to improve birth outcomes for mother and baby both physically and emotionally. Our goal with this collective is to improve access to this type of care for women who are uninsured, under-insured, or insured by Medicaid, CHP Plus, or Tricare.
The vast majority of homebirth midwives in Colorado are Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). Unfortunately, the way Colorado regulates and licenses CPMs, along with federal regulations make it impossible for Colorado CPMs to contract with Medicaid, CHP+, or Tricare insurance. With the average household income in Colorado Springs lying below the cut-off for Medicaid eligibility for a pregnancy care, and 5 military bases in El Paso County, this represents a significant population who often find it financially difficult to afford the services of a privately practicing CPM since they face paying the entire fee out of pocket. The typical self-pay fee for a privately practicing CPM in El Paso County is $3,000 to $3,500.
Using a “group” model of care and offering extra services such as a birth pool “a la carte”, PMC is seeking to offer the high quality, woman-centered midwife model of care to clients at a significantly reduced rate. A group model practice simply means that there are 4 midwives providing care on a rotating basis. This model allows the collective to lower its costs of running the practice and share responsibility for appointments and births. Thus PMC offers care at a discount of 40% to 50% off the typical single-midwife private practice fee.