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Old 04-20-2011, 3:02 AM
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Default Doctor, midwife, birthing center, or hospital in Atlanta

Hello! I need to start figuring out where to go to have a baby, get prenatal care..all of it. I'm a realtor here in Atlanta, so therefore, I'm self employed and I don't meet the requirements for medicaid.

Does anyone know of a practice, midwife, birthing center, or hospital that will work out a plan for self employed people who are going to have to pay for it all themselves?

I'm going to start calling around to the hospitals and the one and only midwifery I can find in Atlanta (what is wrong with this state!?) tomorrow, but I thought someone might already have some ideas of know of something.

Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:01 PM
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Default No Maternity Insurance Coverage in Atlanta, GA

I'm going to answer myself and hope that other Atlanta women out there will have some answers for themselves should they be looking.

Here are the hospital prices: (v) = Vaginal, no drugs (c) ceserean
Dekalb Medical (v) $4500 (c) $5500
Piedmont Hospital (v) $3250 (c) $5275
Northside Hospital (v) $4840 (c) Not Available (usually approx $1000 more)
Atlanta Medical (v) $4000 (c) Not Available
Emory Downtown (v) $2700-3000 (c) $3100-3600

Doctor Fees:
These all varied. They started at $2200 and went up to $3700. This is includes most prenatal ultrasounds and bloodwork, but some bloodwork and any test outside the scope of 'normal' are all extra. Usually up to $700 - $1000. These fees cover the start of your dr visits all the way through delivery. These fees do not include circumcision for a boy, which range from $180 to $320, depending on the dr. And there were other small things here and there wouldn't be covered, but I'm sure would add up. So you would need to budget for extra $$.

Atlanta's Intown Midwifery told me they have a rate of $2500, at the time of writing this, and they deliver at Atlanta Medical.

You will, obviously, apply for insurance for your child before it is born and this is what is suppose to cover the other expenses for the child.

There is also the option of having the baby at home as women have been doing throughout all of time. You can walk around, eat, drink water, be in your own home, etc. This is for very low risk pregnancies and should be monitored by an experienced professional with the proper equipment to monitor you and your baby. It is also recommended that you only do this if you are close to a hospital and would have a small drive, including traffic time. But it definitely saves on the hospital fees!
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Old 09-04-2012, 6:11 PM
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Emory Midtown as gone up to 2980 for vaginal, 4490 c-sec.
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Old 09-27-2012, 8:10 AM
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Dear ladies,

I am pregnant with twins and planning to deliver my babies in Atlanta, I have no insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid. Our budget is $5000 for everything, I am hoping for a vaginal delivery just like with our first baby. Could you kindly advise which resources (hospitals, midwifery, birthing centers) in town that are within our very tight budget which we could use?

Many thanks
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:03 AM
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Hi Love,
Well, you can see the prices above, but those are from last year. Most prices have gone up a little. Also, check with the Health Centers. There is a program by the counties/city that works with Grady. They see you from the beginning, do all check up appts, and deliver your baby for around $900. That is the total dr. fee and hospital fees combined! That's what it was last year, so I'm sure it will be close to the same price.

Otherwise, I would recommend picking your hospital and then calling around to see what drs who service that hospital charge. I'm hoping to do Emory Midtown and plan on seeing Dr. Joseph Tate, if this baby sticks! Tate charges 2300, 1st trimester through delivery and that includes your ultrasounds. So, it's a little over 5000, but close to your budget! We have the same budget, btw....
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Old 09-28-2012, 8:16 AM
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Thanks bookee_cookee for the very useful info. I am really keen on finding out more about this program, would you by any chance have more info on them? I tried to google it but nothing really came up!

Might be a bit weird to ask but I am somehow curious to understand why they are so cheap, I mean $900 for Dr and hospital fees combined is nothing compared to what average pregnancy charges are around here, it feels like they pick up a great percentage of the bill and the $900 is a bit like copay, is it s state financed program?

btw hunny your baby will stick, just hang in there and everything will be fine!
Are you going to use Atlanta Midwifery? I believe they deliver at Emory
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