Fees for independent midwifery care

Full Independent Midwifery package from booking at 8-12 weeks gestation. Includes all antenatal care, birth preparation, midwifery care for birth, and all postnatal care £4000. Requires a deposit of £1200 at booking, with the full fee to be paid by 36 weeks gestation.

Birth preparation. Private birth preparation sessions in the clients’ home. Takes place over three sessions each lasting approximately 2-3 hours. £350 plus travel expenses 30p per mile after first 20 miles of a round trip.

Antenatal midwifery care package.The full fee for antenatal care is £1200. This fee is for approximately 10-12 antenatal visits and includes all birth preparation (see birth preparation section) plus on-call availability throughout the antenatal period between 8am-8pm every day.

Postnatal midwifery care package. The fee for postnatal care is £1200 which includes between 7 – 10 visits plus round-the-clock on-call for queries for six weeks covered either by myself or an independent midwife colleague is £1200.

One-off visits. Single antenatal or postnatal visits can be arranged subject to my availability at a usual fee of £120 per visit. Such a visit may be for an antenatal or postnatal check, or for breastfeeding support. Please contact me for the exact fee which is subject to individual circumstances.

Please note these fees are for my standard packages. Fees are subject to change according to the individual circumstances of each client (for instance, if there is more than one baby expected the fee will have to increase to reflect additional care). Please contact me for a personalised quotation with no obligation.

FAQs

Is there a discount for late booking?

There’s no discount for the full independent midwifery package as my expenses for each birth are roughly the same, plus late booking tends to mean I’m doing the same amount of work in a shorter time.

Do you offer a birth-only plan?

One of the main principles of my midwifery practice is to offer continuity of care so I don’t offer birth-only packages. I love to accompany a family on the journey of new parenthood whether for the first time or when making an addition to the family. I do my best to work with each client during her pregnancy in order to help her to enjoy optimal health during pregnancy and to assist her to come to the right decisions for her about her birth choices. Regarding the postnatal period, I believe this is sadly under-estimated in mainstream maternity care and it can be the most important part of the whole pregnancy and birth cycle in terms of bonding with your baby and establishing the best possible start to life with the new family.

Do you have a payment plan?

Payment plans are available for those who require longer to pay.

Do you take cards or Paypal?

Most clients use bank transfers to make payments, but I’m happy to take card or Paypal payments – please let me know if you’d prefer to pay like this.

Can you offer a fee reduction for someone on a limited income?

I’m sorry but I can’t offer discounts. In years gone by I sometimes gave a discount, but I’ve come to believe that this is counter-productive as I need a certain level of income to continue to live and run my business. I base my fees on a fair rate according to the expenses I have to pay, plus my skills, experience and the commitment of being on-call. I realise that to pay for independent midwifery care is a big commitment for clients and I will always make a payment plan for those who have genuine difficulty in paying the full fee in the usual time frame.  I also accept PayPal which means you can pay by card if necessary. I hope your investment in independent midwifery care will have lifelong benefits for you, your child and your whole family – after all, this is one of the most (if not the most) significant days of your life and can never be repeated.

If you’re still in doubt, by all means do some research and see what the going rate is for independent healthcare practitioners. A midwife-led ‘delivery’ at the Portland in London (not a home birth with two midwives on call for you) will cost £8000. One standard night’s stay at the Portland will cost you £1250! Save money by having a home birth with independent midwives!

 

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