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Cover Homebirth at the In-Network level
  • Petitioned United Healthcare

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United Healthcare

Cover Homebirth at the In-Network level

    1. Wendy McKendrick
    2. Petition by

      Wendy McKendrick

      Westminster, CO

Birth matters and every woman deserves the right to choose how she wants her birth to be, whether she chooses to deliver with a doctor or a midwife, in the hospital or at home. My insurance company doesn't agree. They will not cover my planned homebirth with a midwife simply because my midwife does not deliver in a hospital and is not a nurse-midwife. I pay my premiums for this plan. I am not requesting that my insurance company pay for unusual services. I am simply requesting that they pay a licensed and qualified provider for normal maternity care and birth at rates that will cost them less than if I go elsewhere. Delivery at home with a licensed midwife in attendance has been determined to be as safe, if not safer, than hospital births. The cost of a planned homebirth is far less than that of a hospital birth. Insurance companies would be paying far more in obstetrician and hospital fees than they would end up paying to a midwife for a homebirth.
I had my first baby in a hospital with an obstetrician and had interventions done that I was told I had to have because it was hospital policy. I was strapped down to monitors and IVs and had to lie on my back and was not allowed to eat or drink or move. When my obstetrician was busy and couldn’t make it to the hospital to deliver my baby when I was ready to push they gave me drugs that ended up stopping my labor. Then when my obstetrician was finally ready they gave me more drugs to start my labor again. I walked away from that birth feeling disempowered like I had been a spectator of my own birth. I know after talking to many women that I’m not the only one to feel this way after a hospital birth. I am now pregnant with my second child and I want the chance to have a say in this birth. I am a strong, healthy woman. I trust my body and want to bring my baby into this world as gently and lovingly as possible. I believe that is with an experienced, licensed midwife in the warmth and comfort of my own home. I believe I should have the right to choose how and where I have my baby. Please sign my petition and let my insurance company know that birth does matter and every woman should have the right to choose. I appreciate your support.

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. One World Birth

      Wendy McKendrick
      Petition Organizer

      Please take 15 minutes of your time to watch this amazing video and pass it along to others. Let's take birth back! http://www.oneworldbirth.net/

    3. Westword Blog

      Wendy McKendrick
      Petition Organizer

      A local reporter saw this petition and contacted me to write a short blog about this cause. You can check it out at http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2013/06/home_birth_united_healthcare_petition.php

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • Teresa Proctor WEST WARWICK, RI
      • 5 months ago

      In the same situation. First pregnancy and I was hoping for a home birth. However out insurance won't cover it.

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    • Eleanor Arnette PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 5 months ago

      I am currently pregnant and planning a home birth because the hospitals often do not treat the birthing experience in a way that fulfills the mothers wishes.

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    • Andrea Weber HOPKINTON, RI
      • 6 months ago

      I had a hospital birth with my first child because everyone scared me into it and made me feel irresponsible for even considering a home birth. My experience was terrible, they broke my water, gave me Pitocin, forced me to stay completely still so they could better monitor the baby's heart rate and at the end I received an unneeded episiotomy so the medical student could learn to stitch (I actually overheard the doctor say this to her!!).

      When the nurse handed me my daughter she snapped at me "we could have had this a good two hours earlier!" (because I fought off the drugs as long as I could. The sad thing was that during all of it I knew what my body needed and I could tell how every intervention disturbed the birth process.

      I am eight weeks pregnant and determined to have a better experience this time around!

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    • Ellen Wetzel PARK RIDGE, IL
      • 6 months ago

      There is no reason why women should not have the option to birth at home when statistically, the risks are much lower and financially, the cost is so much less. I am outraged that my midwife will be covered at the out-of-network level simply because they do not have any midwives that perform homebirths in-network. This makes no sense.

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    • Jon Nix THORSBY, AL
      • 7 months ago

      It's time to stop treating childbirth as an illness and using unnecessary practices.

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