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I am amazed that no one yet has mentioned the high cost of maternity care. American women (or their insurance companies) pay more for birth and prenatal care than anyone else in the world, and yet we have some of the worst birth outcomes (infant and maternal mortality, illness, and complications) of developed nations.
I gave birth last year, and my insurance company paid for about half of the cost of my planned homebirth, which was $2000 total, including excellent prenatal care with two experienced midwives. A friend with the same insurance plan recently had a hospital birth that ended in cesaerean (like about 1/3 of U.S. women), costing over $30,000. She paid her deductible, and nothing more. Why are insurance companies paying less, or declining to pay at all, for homebirths, which are vastly cheaper and statistically have as good or better outcomes as hospital births?
In addition, most health insurance companies do not pay for doula support (trained labor coach) for laboring women although doulas have also been shown to statistically improve outcomes and experiences for moms and families. (Disclosure - I am a doula)
Reducing the cost of maternity care could make a difference in health insurance rates. I believe that we can reduce the cost and at the same time increase the quality and outcomes of maternity care. OPB, please help bring this idea into the health care debate!
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