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how much does a birthing center cost?

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6/15/10 1:06 P

Thanks ladies for the info. Looks like will cost between 5 and 6 thousand for a birth center around here and almost the same for a home-birth. We're not pregnant yet, just gathering information for planning.

Thank you for that Bakunetsumaru! Will do some looking into that!


My first birth was a nightmare. Labor for 3 days. Exhausted. The last 3 hours of the labor, got the epidural and we were both lethargic after she was born. Difficult time breastfeeding, etc. Awful

My boys were both natural births. Things went very smoothly.

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6/11/10 12:41 A

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My understanding is that you can get Tricare to pay for a birth center birth. You will just need to switch to Standard for it.

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6/9/10 3:40 A

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I think it depends on where you are. In my area, the birthing center was $6,000. The mid-wife who does home births is $3,000.

I did a lot of research. My insurance refused to pay for anything other than a hospital. I ended up seeing a group of mid-wives at a major hospital and they work under a doctor. I had never met this so called "doctor" but all my insurance and medical bills are in his name.

Anyway, if I could do it over again, I think i would have saved up money and did the home birth. The hosptial bill was outragous and out of pocket we alreadyp paid $1,500.

Congrats to you and keep us uddated!

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6/9/10 12:36 A

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Would you consider homebirth?
THere might be wonderful homebirth midwives in your area that also offer sliding scale payments.

Congratulations on your fourth pregnancy!!!! That is amazing!
I have "just" one baby :)))

How were your three previous births?

How are you preparing for birth #4 other than avoiding military hospitals?


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6/8/10 2:42 P

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start by finding a birth center you like, and talk to them. Paying ash, you could probabaly get a discount.

asking here may not help much since cost varies with type of center, and location.

goodluck to you!

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6/8/10 1:31 P

We are military and actually PLANING out baby #4!!! Isn't that amazing!? With military insurance is Tri Care. They do not cover a birthing center. I want to have #4 in a birthing center, not another hospital especialyl not a military hospital.

About how much does it cost to give birth in a center. We want to start putting away money to have a baby in one and plan to start TTC at the end of this year, so need to know exactly how much to save each month.

Thank you, ladies!

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