The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
I am wondering how the "midwifery isn't the practice of medicine" can be
reconciled with "I want my HEALTH insurance to pay for this"
It's not necessarily that midwifery that isn't the practice of medicine, it's that the normal pregnancy/birth itself isn't medical. The medical establishment seeks to medicalize ALL births because a few with complications might force medical intervention. No matter how remote the possibility, they just can't keep their greedy little hands off!
For me it's just this simple: My health insurance already covers pre-natal, delivery, post-natal services. If they are going to cover an OB, they should also cover a legally practicing midwife.
My dh's company is also self-insured. I escalated from benefits team leader to director of benefits. When I refused to
Yes, I am quite willing to pay out-of-pocket. And WILL, if I have to.
But I will still continue to fight for the coverage I'm PAYING FOR every
time our medical insurance premium is withheld from my dh's paycheck!
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