The Ocala Birth Center costs substantially less than a normal, vaginal hospital birth, and provides reasonable payment terms for costs not covered by insurance. We believe every woman should be free to choose where she has her baby, regardless of insurance limitations.
We feel that the quality of personal attention and care provided at The Ocala Birth Center is worth investing in. Birth centers enjoy better health outcomes for mothers and babies than hospital care for comparable childbearing populations.
The Ocala Birth Center accepts Florida Medicaid plans to include: Straight Medicaid and Staywell. Additionally, The Ocala Birth Center is covered as an out-of-network provider by insurance plans. In the Ocala area, our insurance biller is usually able to get “gap coverage” from your insurance which covers our services at an in-network rate. Our global fee for all prenatal care, birth, and postpartum services is significantly less than area hospital delivery charges, which makes your out of pocket costs comparable, if not less than a normal vaginal delivery at the hospital.
The prenatal care offered by The Ocala Birth Center is exceptional. Office visits last one hour, allowing you to develop an authentic relationship with your midwife and allowing you both to fully explore your state of health and educate you on how to best prepare for a healthy childbirth.
Out-of-hospital births have much better health outcomes than hospitals for healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies. Hospital cesarean section rates in our community and throughout the nation have been rising steadily over the past several years. The national c-section rate has risen to over 30%! In contrast, the average rate among birth center or home birth clients was only 4%. A cesarean section is major abdominal surgery, with significant long-term health consequences. It also provides a significant barrier to breastfeeding success, which also has a major impact on the long-term health of mother and baby.
Families choose to pay out-of-pocket for birth center and home birth care because they believe in the model of care we provide. Midwifery fees are paid at your appointments according to the financial plan we establish at your initial visit and are due in full by 36 weeks in pregnancy. Payments are agreed upon at your first prenatal appointment.
We accept cash, and checks. Midwifery fees are paid according to your financial plan at your prenatal visits and are due in full by 36 weeks. Payment plans are agreed upon at your first prenatal appointment.