What does an average midwife charge for all prenatal care and birth?
Thanks so much for all of this Kristen!
I would really like to answer this question, but I can't! Midwives charge different rates - it varies between midwife, region, where you're giving birth, etc.
From what I've heard, most midwives charge somewhere between $2,000 - $5,000 USD. It could be more or less.
To complicate things more, many midwives charge a "sliding fee" - so if you make less, she charges less.
Many midwives will barter for their services - they'll take quilts, house cleaning, meals for their family, eggs, chickens, garden-fresh vegetables... I could go on and on but you get the picture. Midwives are sometimes much more flexible.
Some midwives can accept Medicaid (this varies by state in the US, and in some countries midwives are covered)
The best thing to do is to ask others in your area who used a midwife what her services cost. Or call/email several prospective midwives and ask her what her current fees are. If you have a lower income you may ask her if she has sliding scale fees, if she's willing to barter some, or if she has a payment plan.
Most midwives let you pay through the course of pregnancy, anyways,
I feel like I wasn't terribly helpful but it's so hard to know what a given midwife is going to charge. Let me know if I can help further!