Midwives To Be Paid By The State Of Vermont

05.19.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 Federal statistics show there are more at-home births per capita in Vermont than in any other state.  But, only baby deliveries in hospitals were covered by insurance in Vermont, until now.  On Wednesday, Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law requiring Vermont insurance companies to pay for the prenatal care, deliveries and aftercare provided by licensed midwives.  The Midwives Alliance Network says it's a matter of choice, with home births usually priced at less than half of the cost of an uncomplicated birth in the hospital, which can average around 67-hundred dollars.