And then there was a ray of hope.
Before I get to the ray itself, I want to thank everyone for your support and creative suggestions. Many people had great ideas but Talia Devane, in particular, gets credit for the possibility which may ultimately give us more options. She suggested that we might be able to request an exception from our insurance company exactly BECAUSE midwifery care is no longer available in our area. Cait spent a long time and a lot of patience on the phone this afternoon trying to do just that (being disconnected and reconnected and repeating the same thing again and again) and was ultimately able to file the appeal. We should have an answer within a few weeks.
So a HUGE thanks to Talia Devane!!! (If this works out we owe you big time!!!)
AND the billing guy from BirthCare just called to tell us to try the exception strategy (and that they have someone with our coverage who GOT an exception, so there really is hope) but I got to tell him that we’d already done it, thanks to our friends in the computer. You rock!
Interesting thing we learned in this process: yet ANOTHER birth center in the DC area has gone out of business in the past year or two. For those keeping track: once upon a time there were four. Now there are two and the third is down to one lonely midwife. And nearly, if not all of the independent midwives are out of business.
… we’ve got flickers! 🙂 The full moon apparently got Harpo excited and I have definitely felt some flutters and tickles. And Cait, glued to my abdomen. I feel that a lot now. 🙂 Yay!