Birthing center vs. hospital costs, pros/cons
November 4, 2010 9:05 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend:
(TL;DR: "We're exceptionally poor and can't figure out our best options between birthing centers and hospitals in Portland, OR with Premera Blue Cross insurance.")
posted by Ky to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
"I'm nine weeks pregnant and, basically as a default, went to a hospital I've gone to in the past for my first prenatal appointment. I was pretty unimpressed with the doctor, the office, and the whole experience, and I'm now looking into other options. I very much want a natural childbirth, and money is extremely tight. I've seen data sourced from HCUPnet that vaginal delivery in birth centers is substantially cheaper than delivery in hospitals.
However, I'm confused as I attempt to research local birth centers. It looks to me as though most of them are inside hospitals? Are
they basically just hospital women's clinics that happen to be staffed by nurse-midwives? How is that different than going to a regular hospital women's clinic?
I live in Portland, OR; I have Premera Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance; and my pregnancy is not high risk. I would love clarification on how birth centers are different than regular hospitals, and I also welcome any Portland-area birth center recommendations."
Thanks in advance.