Midwifery myth: Health insurance does not cover midwife care

Even though midwives have been around for a long time, there is still some confusion about how we fit in the world of health care. People often wonder whether their health insurance will cover nurse-midwife care. Since health care can be expensive for most people, this is an important concern. Thankfully, the answer is almost always yes.

Are midwives covered by health insurance?

While it is rare today for an insurance provider to not cover midwifery services, certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) may not always be listed in insurance provider directories. If you do see names of our physician colleagues or information that all University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics providers are eligible providers, then our CNM services should be covered. 

If there is any question, our financial services representatives can help determine the specific details.  Most insurance companies are happy to have CNM providers in the network as our care is associated with lower costs. If you do not currently have health insurance, we will arrange for you to meet with our social workers to see what programs may be available.  Please do not let this keep you from getting the important care you need.

Learn more about our midwives and the services they offer.

Last reviewed: 
March 2017

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