I have three children, two born at home. All grown, all married and on May 23, 2000 I had my first grandchild. Her name is Mikayla Anne Louise, 8 lbs 1/2 oz, 21" and she is beautiful, now in 2002 they had the second one-Caleb. Now in 2005, Montane had his first son and my other son is expecting the third one any minute.
My husband died in 1986. Midwifery has supported us ever since. In fact, this site is my son, Montané’s conception and birth.
I have lived in Great Falls, Montana, for the past 17 years. Moved from Billings, Montana, to go to work full-time with the Hutterite Medical Fund. I set up a birth center, so most of my births are done here. I do 50-60 births a year. Now, in 2002, I have been let go by the Hutterites as Blue Cross/Blue Shield sold them a policy and refuses to pay for my services.
I have attended over 800 births as of March 2005. My fees are much less expensive than the average hospital births in the area. The $2200 fee includes labs, vitamins, birth kits, prenatals, birth, postpartum visits and newborn care, including PKU. Many insurance companies will pay my fee as a lisenced midwife. As of March 2000, the average cost of a one-day stay and normal birth in Great Falls is $5,324, if you were to have an epidural it would add another $2000 to the bill. A cesarean section could go as high as $11,000. Now in June of 2003 we have seen a tremendous boost in those costs. I am also a certified Tricare (Champus) provider and will do the necessary billing and confirmations.
In the next few years I want to start doing births a lot further from home and want to offer my services to those who can not find a midwife in their area. Anyone can call me to discuss how this could be accomplished. In Nov/Dec 2000 I went to South Korea to help an American teaching couple to have their first baby. It was a great experience! Since then I have done births in Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, British Columbia and Alberta. I have a small camper trailer that I will bring if you are within a days trip, that way I can stay out of your hair and I have my own bed! I bought it with this in mind and it works beautifully except for the winter months.
In February 2006, I went to South Korea for the second time for Rachels third baby-it was the birth of her dreams and I had a great time. Much more fun the second time except for the extraordinary jet-lag on return!
Now in 2007 I went to the Canary Islands for a dear women who wanted to chance to VBAC in a place that is 30 years behind time. It wasn't successful but she did get her chance and did a wonderful attempt.
I also do Doula service and especially for twins, will do prenatal assistance, birth and postpartum mother/baby care. Many insurance companies will pay for this service. I can give you some former twin clients for referral if you would like.
I do provide waterbirth services and really encourage all of my clients to use the water for pain relief-it is the best thing in all the years I have been a midwife.
Most insurance companies will pay for midwifery care, I also accept Tricare.
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