Pacific Midwifery Svc

★★★★☆
  • 2101 NE 139TH St Ste 255 Suite 255

    Vancouver, WA 98686

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  • 360-885-7926

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Mon 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-5pm

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No words are enough to express how amazing the Midwives are at Pacific Midwifery. I have two children. My first was born with the assistance of an OB that I didnt see once in my 32 hour labor until I was fully dilated. My Second pregnancy

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★★★★★

No words are enough to express how amazing the Midwives are at Pacific Midwifery. I have two children. My first was born with the assistance of an OB that I didnt see once in my 32 hour labor until I was fully dilated. My Second pregnancy

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I was worried about going to Pacific Midwifery after reading the last review but since they were the only office I could find that is thoroughly trained in waterbirth I decided to try them anyway. I've been going there for a few months and have been very happy with the care and their billing policies. At the first appointment I made sure to ask about the labs they were doing any why (they did a pap and STD testing) to make sure I wasn't going to be overcharged. They explained why thelabs were so important for me and for my baby. I opted to get them all done. Even if I only had 1 partner, he could have gone astray, you just never know, and it was more important to me to make sure my baby was not at risk. The billing person explained the costs to me and gave me an estimate of what I would have to pay. Ouch! It seemed so expensive I called two other places and was shocked that pacific midwifery actually charges about $1000 less than other places. I guess it was my decision to have a baby and if I couldn't afford it then I shouldn't have gotten pregnant. So all in all I am very happy with these ladies, they have been very supportive and appear to genuinely care about me. I would recommend them to everyone!

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★★★★★

I was worried about going to Pacific Midwifery after reading the last review but since they were the only office I could find that is thoroughly trained in waterbirth I decided to try them anyway. I've been going there for a few months and have been very happy with the care and their billing policies. At the first appointment I made sure to ask about the labs they were doing any why (they did a pap and STD testing) to make sure I wasn't going to be overcharged. They explained why thelabs were so important for me and for my baby. I opted to get them all done. Even if I only had 1 partner, he could have gone astray, you just never know, and it was more important to me to make sure my baby was not at risk. The billing person explained the costs to me and gave me an estimate of what I would have to pay. Ouch! It seemed so expensive I called two other places and was shocked that pacific midwifery actually charges about $1000 less than other places. I guess it was my decision to have a baby and if I couldn't afford it then I shouldn't have gotten pregnant. So all in all I am very happy with these ladies, they have been very supportive and appear to genuinely care about me. I would recommend them to everyone!

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I do not normally ever write reviews for businesses, but my experience with Pacific Midwifery has been so horrible, I wanted to warn pregnant women considering their services of what they are getting in to. I had my initial appointment with Pacific Midwifery where I let them know that I was just testing to see if I wanted to use them as my midwife versus using a midwife who does not work out of a hospital. I learned that using Pacific Midwifery is much more expensive than traditional midwifery services because patients are required to pay a large hospital fee because their offices are located inside of Legacy Hospital. My husband and I informed the receptionist, up front, that we had a large deductible so we did not want to incur ANY unnecessary charges. After waiting 40 minutes to see the midwife, we asked her many questions to learn what was necessary and what wasn't, sine it was our first pregnancy. When we seemed to be wrapping up the appointment I was asked if I had had a pap smear recently. I said no, and she responded, "Well let's take care of that today while you're here." Because I have a yearly pap smear covered by my insurance, I didn't question it, and I said, "Ok." At the end of that appointment I was recommended an ultrasound from the hospital which I elected not to have because, like I said, I did not want to do any unnecessary testing or lab work. A few days after this appointment, I miscarried the baby. I went in for a few minutes just to talk with a midwife about what was going on with my body. After I continued to have complications beyond 2 weeks, I went in for a final visit to make sure everything was normal. Since this time, I have received multiple bills from Pacific Midwifery and from different labs that they outsourced testing to. I paid their office visit fees, even though I was shocked at some of the charges I received for these quick 3 visits. I paid one lab bill for a urine test, but the other 2 lab bills do not seem fair. The first was for an STD test. I was never informed they would be conducting an STD test with the pap smear, and if they had looked through my chart they would have seen that I have had 1 partner in my life, and I've already been tested for STD's. Secondly, I received the lab bill for the pap smear and a $150 office visit fee for that appointment. I called and spoke with the office manager at Pacific Midwifery who agreed to pay the STD lab bill since I did not approve this test. After calling my insurance to ask why they did not pay for my pap smear lab bill, I learned that Pacific Midwifery had coded the bill as pregnancy rather than preventative.....multiple representatives from my insurance told me to have the office change the coding from pregnancy to preventative and they would cover the cost for me. Pacific Midwifery refused. My insurance company actually tried calling Pacific Midwifery for me in an attempt to get them to change the coding so that I didn't have to pay, and they said they took care of it. They did not. My husband eventually tried calling over and explaining how we accepted the pap smear under the pretenses that it was a preventive test that would be covered by insurance and that we wanted to incur no unnecessary charges (such as a pap smear), and they still refused to change the coding. I was finally convinced that maybe my insurance, my common sense, and everyone I spoke to was wrong, and perhaps Pacific Midwifery truly was right in saying it is "illegal for them to change the coding." However, I just called the lab to pay the bill like a good citizen, and out of the blue, the billing representative at the lab asks me if there is a reason my insurance is not paying for the pap smear. I politely said, "Yes, it's because the pap smear was coded as pregnancy rather than preventative." She instantly said that I should call and have them change that so that insurance would cover the bill. I told her I had already tried multiple times, and that I was fed up with dealing with them and they told me it was illegal to change the coding, so I said I would rather just pay the bill myself. It was then that she told me that doctor's offices quite commonly change the coding on bills so that insurance will cover them, and that just because I was pregnant does not make it illegal for them to code the pap smear as pregnancy rather than preventative. So I am enraged once again. I was lied to, and I believe it is because Pacific Midwifery is upset that I had them pay for the unwanted STD test they gave me. Either way, I would expect much better customer care from a midwifery service since the point of having a midwife is to receive personal care and have a relationship with the person who will be delivering your baby.

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I do not normally ever write reviews for businesses, but my experience with Pacific Midwifery has been so horrible, I wanted to warn pregnant women considering their services of what they are getting in to. I had my initial appointment with Pacific Midwifery where I let them know that I was just testing to see if I wanted to use them as my midwife versus using a midwife who does not work out of a hospital. I learned that using Pacific Midwifery is much more expensive than traditional midwifery services because patients are required to pay a large hospital fee because their offices are located inside of Legacy Hospital. My husband and I informed the receptionist, up front, that we had a large deductible so we did not want to incur ANY unnecessary charges. After waiting 40 minutes to see the midwife, we asked her many questions to learn what was necessary and what wasn't, sine it was our first pregnancy. When we seemed to be wrapping up the appointment I was asked if I had had a pap smear recently. I said no, and she responded, "Well let's take care of that today while you're here." Because I have a yearly pap smear covered by my insurance, I didn't question it, and I said, "Ok." At the end of that appointment I was recommended an ultrasound from the hospital which I elected not to have because, like I said, I did not want to do any unnecessary testing or lab work. A few days after this appointment, I miscarried the baby. I went in for a few minutes just to talk with a midwife about what was going on with my body. After I continued to have complications beyond 2 weeks, I went in for a final visit to make sure everything was normal. Since this time, I have received multiple bills from Pacific Midwifery and from different labs that they outsourced testing to. I paid their office visit fees, even though I was shocked at some of the charges I received for these quick 3 visits. I paid one lab bill for a urine test, but the other 2 lab bills do not seem fair. The first was for an STD test. I was never informed they would be conducting an STD test with the pap smear, and if they had looked through my chart they would have seen that I have had 1 partner in my life, and I've already been tested for STD's. Secondly, I received the lab bill for the pap smear and a $150 office visit fee for that appointment. I called and spoke with the office manager at Pacific Midwifery who agreed to pay the STD lab bill since I did not approve this test. After calling my insurance to ask why they did not pay for my pap smear lab bill, I learned that Pacific Midwifery had coded the bill as pregnancy rather than preventative.....multiple representatives from my insurance told me to have the office change the coding from pregnancy to preventative and they would cover the cost for me. Pacific Midwifery refused. My insurance company actually tried calling Pacific Midwifery for me in an attempt to get them to change the coding so that I didn't have to pay, and they said they took care of it. They did not. My husband eventually tried calling over and explaining how we accepted the pap smear under the pretenses that it was a preventive test that would be covered by insurance and that we wanted to incur no unnecessary charges (such as a pap smear), and they still refused to change the coding. I was finally convinced that maybe my insurance, my common sense, and everyone I spoke to was wrong, and perhaps Pacific Midwifery truly was right in saying it is "illegal for them to change the coding." However, I just called the lab to pay the bill like a good citizen, and out of the blue, the billing representative at the lab asks me if there is a reason my insurance is not paying for the pap smear. I politely said, "Yes, it's because the pap smear was coded as pregnancy rather than preventative." She instantly said that I should call and have them change that so that insurance would cover the bill. I told her I had already tried multiple times, and that I was fed up with dealing with them and they told me it was illegal to change the coding, so I said I would rather just pay the bill myself. It was then that she told me that doctor's offices quite commonly change the coding on bills so that insurance will cover them, and that just because I was pregnant does not make it illegal for them to code the pap smear as pregnancy rather than preventative. So I am enraged once again. I was lied to, and I believe it is because Pacific Midwifery is upset that I had them pay for the unwanted STD test they gave me. Either way, I would expect much better customer care from a midwifery service since the point of having a midwife is to receive personal care and have a relationship with the person who will be delivering your baby.

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These 3 ladies form and incredible team for experience and savoir faire. Very nice athmosphere, great office small but very homy, and Jennifer was the one I dealt with when I was pregnant. All of them are incredible and worth the experience.

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These 3 ladies form and incredible team for experience and savoir faire. Very nice athmosphere, great office small but very homy, and Jennifer was the one I dealt with when I was pregnant. All of them are incredible and worth the experience.

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If you do not LOVE your OB/GYN switch to a midwife! I have been with Kathleen for many years and Michelle is great too! You get the most personal care you could ever want during labor and childbirth! You are more than a patient or a number, these gals are your friends! They really listen to your concerns and give more options than a medical doctor!

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If you do not LOVE your OB/GYN switch to a midwife! I have been with Kathleen for many years and Michelle is great too! You get the most personal care you could ever want during labor and childbirth! You are more than a patient or a number, these gals are your friends! They really listen to your concerns and give more options than a medical doctor!

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Message from Pacific Midwifery Svc

We are 3 Certified Nurse Midwives providing Women's Health Care throughout the life cycle. We deliver babies (And provide WATERBIRTH) at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. We also do Annuals, Paps, infections, family planning, infertility, etc. Kathleen is a Certified Menopause Clinician, using natural and hormonal recommendations.

More about Pacific Midwifery Svc

Paps, Annuals, Infertility, Family Planning, Gynecology, Menopause, WATERBIRTH and childbirth at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital

 

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