The state of Vermont passed a new law that will now require private insurers to cover home births. Being a rural state, with the highest rate of home birth, it certainly is not surprising though.
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the bill into law on Wednesday of this week, while surrounded by mothers, and babies who were born at home at the state capital.
He was quoted saying:
“This law will ensure that all expectant mothers get the coverage and care they want and deserve”
Very few states in the country have laws of this nature. New York, New Mexico, and New Hampshire also have similar laws in place currently according to The Big Push for Midwives.
While of course there are going to be advocates against home birth, as well as this new law, ensuring that women have legal, and affordable options for maternity care is important across the board. The average home birth costs around $3,500 as opposed to a complication free hospital birth that can cost upwards of $10,000. If I were an insurance company, I would much rather pay the lowest cost.