Oh, the world of insurance and insurance billing! It can be overwhelming to be pregnant but then also trying to figure out how much your birth will cost your family can be downright exhausting!
We are here to help you wade through this whole process- from finding out you are pregnant, to getting scheduled for your first prenatal appointment to figuring out how much your insurance will pay!
At Portland Natural Birth, we happily bill your insurance for you for your midwifery care and homebirth. Mirra worked at a birth center for many years where she learned all the ins and outs of insurance billing. It was enlightening;) She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty calling up the insurance companies if needed. We are out-of-network with all insurance companies.
So what does that mean? Most insurance plans have two pathways- in network and out of network. In network providers are contracted with your insurance plan and you are given a list of who these providers are. Often, in network benefits have low deductibles and low member co-insurance. Out of network providers are not contracted with insurance plans and thus, out of network benefits often bring higher deductibles and less coverage. Sometimes, these deductibles are shared, which is beneficial for you.
Although we are out of network and you may have a higher deductible, our lower-than-the hospital costs usually make a big difference.
Our fees are all inclusive, called a Global Maternity fee– it’s prenatal, birth, and postpartum care all rolled into one fee. We collect your co-insurance during your pregnancy and then after your birth we bill your insurance company this global maternity fee.
There aren’t any extra fees for us to bill your insurance company, so if you do have private insurance, out of network benefits, and homebirth coverage come schedule an interview so we can chat about what a homebirth with Portland Natural Birth could look like!
When I meet clients for the first time during our consultation I tell them that yes, we follow the normal obstetric visit schedule but the similarities stop there. Portland Natural Birth dedicates a whole hour to every prenatal (and postpartum) appointment with all our clients. So, what exactly happens in the hour?
Well, first off, here’s a peek into our cozy office room in the sweet Awakening Wellness Center… The love seat is perfect for our clients to come in, relax, have some tea or water, and start telling us about how their past month (or week) has been.
We talk about any new experiences in this pregnancy they’ve encountered since our last visit or any continual issues they are having. We do a lot of listening and then, when they are ready we dive into some great remedies from herbal and homeopathic recommendations to body work to physical exercise, nutrition, or mental health stability, along with any western treatments that are needed.
We continue talking about what is normal during this part of their pregnancy and any expectations or fun new things that may pop up in the coming months. We make recommendations on additional educational classes, depending on how far along they are. And we discuss, at length about any upcoming medical decisions or tests they may have at their next appointment.
At Portland Natural Birth, anyone you feel comfortable with is invited to your appointments. We love having partners at appointments and getting to know them and making sure they are comfortable with us and the current plan. We also love having children present at appointments if that feels right to you. Or sometimes parents are visiting and want to check out their child’s care provider or maybe they’ll be part of the birth so they can come to your appointment and discuss any questions or concerns they may have. Your appointment is really all about YOU. Its about making you feel comfortable.
We still do the normal vitals: blood pressure, pulse, urine analysis (good ol’ peeing in a cup), palpating and listening to the baby and measuring your fundal height (how big your uterus is growing to accommodate your baby). We also draw all labs in our office. This allows you to feel comfortable getting all these vitals taken care of but in the comfort of our office and by people you trust.
Your Portland Natural Birth Midwives have a new clinic space!
We are so excited to start seeing clients in the wonderful Luna Chiropractic offices. They are located on NE Russell and MLK, just above Russell Street BBQ and Goldrush Coffeeshop (333 NE Russell Street, Suite 200).
We will be seeing clients on Mondays in this clinic and continuing to offer homevisits for prenatal and postpartum appointments on our other appointment days throughout the week.
We are really happy about this collaboration with other healthcare providers. Sharing clinic space with these wonderful practioners is not only great for us but wonderful for YOU! Luna Chiropractic specializes in prenatal and postpartum chiropractic treatments and gladly treats your baby as well. They are both knowledgable and very personable. We have no doubt that if your body needs some work, you’ll love working with them as much as we do!
In addition to the chiropractors, a naturopath, acupuncturist and counselors are also sharing clinic space- most of whom are also providing support for mamas and families. Make sure to check out
Luna Chiropractic’s website if you want to learn more. A new, comprehensive website with all the healthcare providers practicing in their clinic, including us, will be finalized soon.