How can I afford a midwife and homebirth?
We understand that most people don’t have a bunch of extra cash just lying around. But we also firmly believe that working to have the care and birth you want is worth it! Click here to see a whole list of ideas to help you plan to afford the birth experience that you are dreaming of.
Why don’t CPMs take medicaid?
The short answer is that we can’t afford it. Medicaid requires all their providers to carry medical malpractice insurance. Since CPMs became legal in Colorado in 1993, we have had a provision in our bill that we should carry malpractice insurance, if it is affordable. Unfortunately, the state has never pursued the option of helping the practicing CPMs obtain an affordable group-rate medical malpractice insurance plan that we can all buy into. Instead, the insurance has simply been deemed unaffordable and the requirement has been waived. The levels of insurance required for a medicaid contract cost upwards of $20,000 per year for an individual. This represents 30 to 50 percent of the gross revenue a moderately busy CPM makes in a year, so it is simply not feasible for us to carry.
How do we hire the collective?
Please contact us to set up an no-obligation interview. You can ask questions, get a feel for how a group-practice model of care works, and get to know us. Once you’re ready to start care, simply give us a call to set up your first appointment.
Can I choose who will attend my birth?
The way we can keep our prices affordable is by using the group model of practice with a rotating call schedule. This means you cannot choose who will be at your birth. However, we also rotate appointment schedules, so you should meet each midwife before your birth. You will have familiar faces at your birth.
Are there any discounts offered?
The Essential Care Package provides every serviceneeded to have a safe and fulfilling homebirth. It represents a 40% or more discount from the typical private-practice fee of a CPM in El Paso County, so there is no further discount.
Can I come in a different day than Thursday?
At this point we are only offering Thursday prenatal appointments with possible overflow to Fridays.