According to Assistant Professor of medical anthropology and reproductive health, Melissa Cheyney, wrote “… exploring the option of home and birth center birth with midwives for low-risk women should be at the core of national health care reform and research.”
She wrote this in light of the cost comparison – a whopping $15,000 for a cesarean, $8,000 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth (without prenatal or postpartum care) and a mere $2,000-$4,000 for midwifery care (conception through postpartum).
Here entire article was enlightening, you can read it in it’s entirety here, Why Home Births Are Worth Considering.
Sidenote – I’ve dealt with the extreme frustration related to how insurance plays into this, but it is worth mentioning that my insurance will gladly cover the $15,000 cesarean or $8,000 hospital birth, but won’t pay a dime of my birth center birth which came to a small total of $3,680 for ALL OF MY CARE – all appointments (which are an hour long and delve into not only my physical but emotional health too), the birth, our 2-day stay at the birth center post-birth (which will include nutritious, homemade meals) and postpartum visits (two of which will be home visits). Seems a bit twisted to me …
Little one … although we haven’t decided on your name yet, I know it will have a special meaning. Like my name. Gretchen means “priceless”. When I was about 8 years old and reading about the meaning of names in a baby name book I had a complete meltdown over the word “priceless”. I thought it meant I wasn’t worth ANYTHING! But as my parents shared amidst my tears, it actually meant I was so valuable that a price couldn’t be put on me. I was that special. You too, little one, are that special. No dollar amount will ever compare to how valuable you are to your Daddy and I. We can’t put a price tag on your health or well-being. You are that valuable to us! Never let anyone tell you different. You are priceless to us and you are priceless to Jesus. Nothing can match what you are worth. No matter who you become or the choices you make in your life … you will be loved deeply. You will be cherished and protected. You will be our priceless little baby who we absolutely adore.