For insurance companies it comes down to cost. Since a birth center birth and homebirth costs 30-50% less than a normal hospital birth, we believe that it is good health care policy to provide maternity coverage for healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies who desire the out-of-hospital experience. Nurse-Midwives in Iowa are Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs/CNMs) & are experts in healthy pregnancy, labor and birth. They are licensed by the State of Iowa to attend births in a variety of settings without the supervision of a physician. We encourage consumers to inform their insurance providers directly about their support for midwifery care and the birth center/homebirth option.
Also talk with your employer about changing the benefits summary for the plans that are offered to advocate for midwifery care and coverage!