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Do you know if Medicaid covers Midwives or at least water births?

I'm in Texas...and I'd really like to do a water birth. I've heard many good things about it. I just don't think a regular OBGYN is going to let me do it.....

Any suggestions?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:23 AM on Mar. 20, 2011 in Pregnancy

Answers (9)
  • Look up what texas medicaid does and does not cover. My guess would be it doesn't because most individuals deciding what medicaid does and doesn't cover believe in the typical hospital birth with an OB. So anything "outside the box" per say isn't covered. But I don't live in texas nor am I on medicaid so I'm not sure. I believe here in Ohio it covers hospital births with an approved OB.

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 12:28 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • In Oregon Medicaid will cover midwives. However that is limited. Only certified nurse midwives can be used with a regular card. To use a home-birth or birth center midwife you must wait until you are at least 32 weeks to get Medicaid. At this point you can obtain an open card which will cover SOME midwives. I don't know about Texas.

    Answer by rachelv817 at 12:36 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • medicaid will cover some costs but not all

    Answer by armywifey1089 at 12:53 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • your best bet would be to call the local medicaid office. good luck!

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 1:08 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • It did with my water births (and there were not nurse midwives either).

    I think moms can have more luck by seeking out the provider first and then asking what insurances they take.

    Good luck!

    Answer by doulala at 1:37 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • I have four nieces who have used mid-wives and have medicaid for insurance. They are in Wisconsin and Illinois. The niece in Illinois plans to have a water birth. Your best bet would be to find your mid-wife and ask her if she is covered. If she is not, contact the Texas medicaide and ask if this would be covered then locate a mid-wife who does accept this insurance.

    Answer by Mikannody at 1:37 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • You can ask the midwife you're interested in if she takes Medicaid. I know it's different everywhere, but the midwives I worked with were covered by California's version, MediCal.

    Answer by musicpisces at 3:02 AM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • Call your Medicaid office. They will know for sure.

    Answer by Pnukey at 1:54 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

  • I dont know but good luck!

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 9:00 PM on Mar. 20, 2011

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