Want a midwife but think you're too poor too get one? On medicaid? Small apartment? Want to deliver at hospital with a midwife? Birthing Center? Would you love to give birth at home but think you can't?? Again, you've found the right place. Most women can deliver their baby with a midwife in a hospital, birthing center or at home regardless of her income or insurance. If you are interested in having a baby with a midwife there are many options to do so. If you have a midwife you still can have a doula.
Why deliver with a midwife?
Because midwives are safe and great! In the rest of the industrialized world, midwives attend the majority of deliveries and they have better outcomes. Midwifery focuses on the normalcy of pregnancy, and its potential for health. Birth is viewed as a natural process that has profound meaning to many people and should be treated as normal until there is evidence of a problem. The possibility of complications is not allowed to preempt all other values associated with the woman’s experience of bearing and giving birth to a child. Midwives are experts in protecting, supporting, and enhancing the normal physiology of labor, delivery, and breast-feeding. Midwives attend medical school and can be your primary caregiver for your pregnancy, delivery and postpartum.
You can have a homebirth if you are low-income. You can have a homebirth if you are on PCAP, public insurance, private insurance, etc. If you are interested in having a homebirth, contact the midwives directly and inquire about insurance and billing. Either they or most likely their billing person will walk you through the needed steps. You can have a homebirth even if you are poor at no cost to you. If you have further questions or concerns about homebirth before making your decision, contact a midwife directly and address your questions and concerns. When you choose homebirth, its very important you feel a connection and safe with your midwife. You won't know if you have that connection until you reach out. Also, many of the homebirth midwives do well-woman (not pregnant, routine) care.
And/or you can look at the individual websites of Homebirth Midwives. This overlaps the above resource.
Not feeling the homebirth thing but you still want a midwife? Hospital midwives are a great option for women who want a more women centered model of care. You can still have an epidural if you choose to when you choose a hospital midwife. If you really want to avoid and epidural, midwives are a great choice. All hospital midwives are working together with obstetricians should the need arise for obstetrical care, ie cesarean. But when you start with a midwife, and a doula, your chances of having a cesarean are greatly decreased. Most hospital midwives take insurance including medicaid, PCAP and more. Many hospital midwives do well-woman (not pregnant, routine) care as well.
Again, even if you are low-income, you have choices for selecting a hospital based midwife.
Beth Israel Midwives
Park Slope Midwives
Deliver at Methodist hospital in Brooklyn
Mt. Sinai Midwives
*only serving low-income women, call for details
760 Broadway, 8-300
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Walk-in Women's Clinic located on the 8th Floor. Providing excellent midwifery care to low-income women.
They will help you with insurance on-site, so no need to delay, if you are pregnant, just go in! 718-963-8300 / (718) 388-5889
There are also satellite clinics at Cumberland, Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint - all offering midwifery care. For addresses & phone numbers for these click here.
St. Lukes Roosevelt of Manhattan Midwives:
Some of these midwives may deliver in the birthing center. Most deliver on the regular labor and delivery floor.
CBS Midwifery, Inc.
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038
Georgia Rose, CNM
372 Central Park West, Suite 1D
New York, New York 10025
(212) 531-2229 or (212) 531-BABY
Midwifery of Manhattan, PC
330 West 58th Street, Suite 505
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 957-3006
Melissa Enama Bair, CNM
Faculty Midwife - In Partnership With Jacques Moritz, MDOffice Location 315 West 57th Street, Suite 203 New York, NY, 10019
Phone: (212) 603-4160
Tamara L. Belkin , CNMFaculty Midwife - In the Practice of Renuka Paka, MD. Office Location 425 West 59th Street, Suite 4B, New York, NY 10019; 212-581-8675
Susannah Donahue-Negbaur, CNM, MPHFaculty Midwife – In Partnership With Sandra Woods, CNM; Coralie Macqueen, CNM; and Jacques Moritz, MD Office Location 315 West 57th Street, Suite # 203, New York, NY, 10019; (212) 603-4160
Faculty Midwife - In the Practice of Renuka Paka, MD
Office Location 425 West 59th Street, Suite 4B New York, NY 10019
Coralie Macqueen, CNMFaculty Midwife – In Partnership With Sandra Woods, CNM; Susannah Donahue-Negbaur, CNM; and Jacques Moritz, MD Office Location 315 West 57th Street, Suite 203, New York, NY 10019; (212) 603-4160
Brooklyn Birthing Center
Phone: (718) 376-6655
E-mail: email@example.com. Please allow a few days for a response.
Address: 2183 Ocean Avenue / Brooklyn, NY 11229