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Fees & Payments | San Diego's Midwife, Midwives, Midwifery & Doula Services | Birth Roots Women's Health & Maternity Center

Fees & Payments

Can we pay by cash, check or credit card?

Yes! We accept cash, check or credit card.  You can pay online with a credit card using Paypal. If using your credit card to pay for our services you will be charged an additional 3% service fee.

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What is Easy Access Prenatal Care? How much does it cost?

Easy Access Prenatal Care is a program for low-income pregnant women with no insurance and no access to insurance, to receive prenatal services at low cost.  The recommended payment for each prenatal visit is $35.  You will be able to schedule your first appointment as early in your pregnancy as you wish.  Or, if you are new to town or just starting your prenatal care later in your pregnancy, even towards the end of pregnancy, we will begin your prenatal care.  We will also help you make arrangements for the birth of your baby, either at the hospital or at our birth center.  Postpartum visits for after the baby is born are also available with this program!

How much does it cost to have a birth with Birth Roots midwives, without using my insurance benefits?

We have a cash prepayment price, and a sliding fee scale based on combined family income.  Please contact us for more information about fees.

How much does it cost to have a birth with Birth Roots, using my insurance benefits?

Some insurance companies reimburse for the care provided by a Licensed Midwife, and some insurance companies do not. Payment for all services is required at the time of service by cash, check or credit card . If you are considering using our services, we are happy to verify your benefits with your insurance company to find out what your estimated reimbursement would be. We are considered out of network providers by PPO plans. We are not contracted with any HMO plans, or with Medi-Cal, Tricare, or AIM.

Please do not hesistate to contact us so that we can verify your benefits and estimate your costs for giving birth with Birth Roots. Often, an out-of-hospital birth is no more expensive than a hospital birth, even if the hospital and physician are contracted with the hospital.

How much do labwork, ultrasounds, and supplies cost?

All standard prenatal labwork, ultrasounds, and medications are available to you but not all are required in order to have your baby with Birth Roots.  Some basic labwork is required for birth at the birth center.
Your insurance may or may not cover labwork and ultrasounds. We have cash prices available for labs, if not covered by your insurance. Our cash prices are very reasonable for most necessary tests.
The MSAFP genetic screening for mom and the Newborn Screening for baby may or may not be covered by insurance and will be paid directly to the state of California. We will help you determine if your insurance will pay for these tests. Some women choose to have them done with another provider so that they are covered by insurance.
Medicines for mom may include Rhogam if she is Rh negative or antibiotics in labor if she is GBS positive.  The newborn medications vitamin k and erythromycin eye ointment are an additional fee paid at the time of birth after they are administered.  We do not provide hepatitis B vaccination for the newborn.  Your pediatrician can provide this vaccination.
For a home birth, you will need to collect some additional supplies, including a Birth Kit which costs around $50, and household and baby care items such as towels, baby blankets, trash bags, etc.
If you would like to have a tub available for labor and/or birth at home, you can use your own bath tub, or purchase or rent a tub. Inflatable tubs range from $40-$100, or an excellent one can be rented from us for $80, with a personal disposable liner for hygiene. You can also rent hard plastic tubs from many sources online. You will need to collect supplies such as a new hose, faucet adaptor, fish net/scoop, and shower curtain liners or tarps.

Use of a birth tub is included in the Facility Fee for women giving birth at the birth center.