GraceFull – Services – Community Care

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GraceFull Community Care

GraceFull Services

Create your community before you give birth by being part of our groundbreaking GraceFull Group Prenatals. You will receive the same gold standard medical care with the connected and compassionate GraceFull touch we are known for. Your Obstetrical schedule remains the same (1x week until 28 weeks, 2x week until 36 weeks, 1x week until you give birth) - the only differences are you will be part of a community before you give birth and have a reduced fee to save you a bit of cash!

GraceFull Community Prenatal Care

Your first prenatal visit is a private full hour with a midwife, where you can bring the whole family to participate. The followup prenatals are held in our classroom space upstairs at the same time and day of the week with other pregnant mothers. Each pregnant mother will see a midwife privately for her belly check while the other mamas mingle and connect. The next 60 minutes are spent learning, discussing and sharing. Our midwife will facilitate discussions and offer education around set topics include that include: Nutrition and Exercise, How to Ask for Post Partum Help, Detailed Information on Tests to Make Informed Choices and How to find Balance as a Mother. 

All 36 week visits are private with a midwife and partners are welcome to join. Home birthing families will have a home visit at 36 weeks.

GraceFull Community Postpartum Care

After you give birth a Midwife will come to your home 24-28 hours after you give birth to check on you and your baby. You are then invited to join our weekly post partum mama and baby gatherings where you will have some private time with a midwife to check you and your baby's vitals.

Can my partner come to prenatal visits?

At this time Community Care is for the pregnant partner only. Non-pregnant partners are welcome to come to the first and 36th week prenatal visit, any of the free classes and the private midwife portion of the community prenatal visit to listen to the baby. If you would like to have your partner, family or friends join you at a prenatal visit, for an additional fee you can schedule private prenatal visits.

History of Community Care

Community Care was adopted at GraceFull as a way to make midwifery care affordable and accessible to all income levels. The group prenatal dynamic was originally invented 2 decades ago to help pregnant individuals create community with each other and enjoy emotional privacy and safety when discussing the challenges of being pregnant. What was found when this model was examined is that it improved physical and medical outcomes over private care! So, we are holding fast to the recommended evidence-based model of group prenatal care, in which only the pregnant individual is a participant. 

We are excited to offer this newest creation to serve the community that allows and affordable option for out of hospital birthing. We look forward to having your voice be heard in this group!

  Community Care Home Birth

Community Care Birthing Center

Uninsured Cash or Check/Debit Early Pay Fees

$4,700.00

$5,200.00

Paid in full by 36th week of pregnancy. No insurance billing services included, but superbills can be provided. You may also use your insurance for all labs and ultrasounds.

Medi-Cal, Tri-Care, or Kaiser

Paid in full by 36th week of pregnancy. You may also use your insurance for all labs and ultrasounds.

HMO

You will need to work with our biller and help with the negotiations on your end to get it covered. This can take time and persistence, but it can be done!

Blue Shield PPO

$4,700.00

No insurance billing services included; superbill only

$4,700.00

Insurance billing services included

Should your insurance be billed (superbill or other), you will receive money back from Blue Shield for your midwifery fees based on your deductible and co-insurance.

Other PPO Insurance

Cost varies based on your deductible and co-insurance, but in general they are very supportive of birthing center births and have paid us in full. Our biller will give you an estimate. You pay the estimate by your 36th week of pregnancy  and GraceFull will bill the difference.

Health Share Plans

Please understand your group’s regulations, but in general they are very supportive of out-of-hospital births and have paid us in full. Health Share plans can be used in addition to insurance plans. Clients have recommended Liberty, Unity, Solidarity and Altura.

Cash Prices must be paid by 36 weeks. No matter which plan you choose you can always use your insurance for labs and ultrasounds. And yes! we work with your insurance with our in house biller. If you would like to use your insurance for Community Care, please contact Nicole Lee at Natural Health Advocate nicole@nhadvocate.info. 

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