So, I was just mulling over how I was going to pay the $3,621 difference between what my insurance will pay and what the fee is for my beloved midwife, when I came home to a stack, nay a heap… a mound if you will, of bills. Fifteen bills for $120 each from my RE, dating back to April. What the? So I left a teary message on their billing department’s voice mail, then I tried to muster some strength. I will assume that I don’t really have to pay them. How can they send me a bill from April for the first time in January? It must be some sort of a ruse. I’ll leave it at that. Because I tell you this much, I cannot and will not send them ten months worth of bills in one month. Who do I look like? Tina Canard? Claire Huxtable?
WHEW! I just called the billing department again and she said that it was a mistake and I owe a total of $103. That I can swing. Whew and double-whew. Regardless, I think it is a good idea to have some money left over after the birth to help with the four un-paid monthsof leave I plan to take.
Anywho, I called my insurance and asked them which midwives do take my insurance. There is one midwife, Midwife Gold, who does take my insurance, of whom I have actually heard before. My yoga teacher, who is also a doula, told me about her on Sunday. She said she’s a lot like Lo’s midwife at Little Fruit Midwifery, who I adore. The catch: the hospital where I wanted to deliver is like the Ritz. The one where midwife Gold delivers is more like Hojos. Maybe Hote1 6. I was reading about it on a local parenting site, and one woman said she had no hot water or clean towels in post-partum when she was still bloody from labor. Hote1 6. I don’t know what to do. Well, I don’t even know if I can use Midwife Gold, because I don’t know if she can do any more births in July. But if I can, should I? Also, I would have to convince my honey to make the switch from the Ritz to Mote1 6. That will not be easy. But to me, the person who helps me give birth is more important than the nurse who brings me my jello and asks me if I passed gas yet, afterward.
WWYD? What would you do?