Most independent midwives charge between $4000 and $6000, which includes prenatal visits, attendance during your labour and birth, and post-natal visits for up to six weeks.
When speaking to midwives you should clarify with them what their fees include:
*Some midwives work solo, others have another midwife they work with in tandem;
*Some will attend to you at your home for every prenatal visit, others will require you to see them for most prenatal visits at their clinic;
*Some will include birth pool hire and/or placenta encapsulation as part of their fee, others you will need to hire your own birth pool and/or may not do placenta encapsulation;
*Some midwives are Medicare eligible so that you get a percentage refunded by the government, others are not (but may be cheaper to allow for this).
These are the kind of questions you will need to ask. For these and more questions to ask when interviewing a midwife, see our ‘Guide to Choosing a Midwife’ down the bottom of the ‘Find a Midwife‘ page.
Many midwives have a great resource library of books, DVDs and materials for support people, partners and siblings.
Some private health insurers provide a rebate for midwifery or home nursing services so check with your health fund (Australian Unity and Defense Health have a reputation for giving the highest rebates, but please check). If you are reading this before you become pregnant, check with your insurer as you may want to switch funds to have access to a refund.
If you are enrolled in a publicly funded homebirth program through a public hospital, your homebirth is fully covered by Medicare.