Join us in celebrating the beautiful work that our midwives and nurses do at Mountain Midwifery Center. International Day of the Midwife is on May 5th and National Nurses Day is on May 6th!
We are delighted to introduce you to our new midwife, Chance Galindo, CNM. She comes to us from New Mexico and we couldn't be happier. Here is her bio;
MMC cut newborn weight loss referrals in half with a unique, but evidence-based approach. This report is an example of how we as an independent midwifery practice (the only one of its kind in Colorado) allows us to implement protocol changes not possible in other locations, other practices. This blog is from our Research Director, Heather Thompson, Ph D)
Labor is a fluid, dynamic process. Midwives are fluid and dynamic people. As such, we have the potential of liking to challenge ourselves and move on to new learning opportunities. The midwives at MMC are no exception. To this end, we have a bittersweet announcement from Melissa, CNM. Melissa ia a fantastic midwife and we wish her nothing but the bset going forward in her journey. Here is her announcement:
I am proud to be able to introduce our families to our newest midwife. We are sad to lose Laura Thielke, but know that she will be wonderful at Denver Health. We can never replace her however, we feel lucky to welcome Laura Pearson to our team. Here is a little bio from her; Hi everyone! My name is Laura Pearson and I am beyond thrilled to be part of Mountain Midwifery! I have always been fascinated by the processes of pregnancy and birth.
We have some news to share with our families. Laura, CNM will soon be leaving our group. We here at MMC are saddened to see her leave and wish her nothing but the best. We also know how lucky the families at her new job are about to be to have her as a provider. Here is her letter to everyone;
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Shopping for insurance? You should know that MMC has a complicated relationship with Rocky Mountain Health Plans. From our perspective, RMHP really isn't as "Colorado" as they claim to be.
When the birth center first opened, we did everything that we do today…..but all of it was done in what is now the “birth center” or suite 400. All of our classes were taught in the Middle room, we had two birth rooms, the Log and Blue rooms, and all appointments happened in the Tent room, which looked like one of clinic rooms today. Looking back it is hard to believe that we did all of that i
MMC is not contracted with Aetna and there is little to no chance Aetna will contract with MMC until they receive significant pressu...re from an outside party. They did not respond to our reasonable requests for multiple years and the letters written by MMC and our clients. We are hearing of similar problems from other birth centers across the nation who are also dropping their Aetna contracts.
What to do?
Private insurers like Aetna respond best to customers (especially large employers or groups/associations) and legislation (like Colorado’s House Health & Human Services Committee and the Senate Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee). If you're self-employed or on the exchange, a letter to Aetna and these committees will help. If you're employed by another party, consider writing a letter and sharing it with your company's HR department or insurance broker.
Senator Newell on the HHS Committee is a long-time supporter of the birth center.