Money Spent

by Milton on Fri, Sep 11th, 2009

March 3rd 2009: $52.76 – books

  • Birthing From Within
  • Spiritual Midwifery
  • Expectant Father
  • Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

September 10th, 2009: $31.29 – books

  • NurtureShock
  • What’s Going On In There?

September 29th, 2009: $78.35 – Polyclinic

  • 5 different laboratory procedures, which include something called Gonadotropin Chorionic, a blood count something or other, a Rubella Antibody test, and a blood draw for the lab.
  • We paid 100%, but it looks like each of the items on the list have a special “Regence adjustment”, which I assume is simply a special price that Regence gets that is lower than the normal charge.

November 24th, 2009: $428.73 – Polyclinic

  • RTU PG UTRUS W/IMAG DOC T (ultrasound?) $178.22
  • CYTHPTH CERV/VAG; THIN PRE (no idea) $34.90
  • INJ RHO D IG HUMN MINIDOS (RH negative injection) $25.83
  • THER/PROPH DIAG INJ SC/IM (?) $38.86
  • UA DIP STICK/TABLET; AUTO $5.46
  • CULT BACTERL; QUAN COLONY $13.91
  • ADMN FLU VAC (flu vaccination) $7.00
  • FLU VIR VAC SPLIT PF 3 YR (not sure) $3.59
  • CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS, AM (chlamydia test) $60.48
  • NEISSERIA GONORRHOEAE, DI (gonorrhoea test) $60.48

January 31st: $1608.66 (good things, and residual hospital charges still coming in)

  • Birth classes from Penny Simkin $250
  • Doula services from Cheryl Murfin $1,000
  • CYTOLOGY GYN INTERP (no idea) $33.04
  • RTU PG UTERUS LTD 1/MORE $162.81
  • RTU PG UTERUS LTD 1/MORE (what is this and why are we charged for two at once?) $162.81

February 14th: $536.32 (20-week ultrasound)

  • us ob real time w image f (was $995, but adjusted for some reason to $536.32)

February 17th:  $679 (accumulated maternity clothing totals)

  • Maternity Jeans (3 pairs) $150
  • Maternity Band (Amon) (2) $50
  • Maternity Leggings (Ingrid and Isabel) $50
  • Maternity Sweater (Gap) $24
  • Maternity Stockings $20
  • Maternity Top $20
  • Various non maternity leggings, from first and second trimester (4 pairs) $100
  • Vintage moo moos (2) $50
  • Compression Stockings (9 pairs) $60
  • Top Shop Maternity top $35
  • Stripy awesome German top $55
  • Vintage tuxedo top $15
  • Vintage belt (2) $30
  • Brown Sweater $20

March 20th: $20.43 (h1n1 flu shot)

  • Influenza A H1N1 Administ $20.43

March 31st: $38.75 (diabetes tests)

  • Glucose, 1hr p 50g Clucola, CBC, Ab Scm

March $25th: $995 (baby furniture and a new dress that is NOT maternity that I will wear every day this summer, I swear)

  • Dress for shower $250 (I know, I know)
  • Pram from Ebay $185
  • Mid-century Cabinet and shelves $450
  • Fabric to recover cabinet $30
  • Containers for new shelves $150
  • Mid-century rocking Chair $180

June 4th: $562.46

  • Rainy City Midwifery: Initial visit/exam $206.33
  • Pacific Medical Systems, Inc: Electronic breast pump $327.41
  • Dynacare: Group B Strep DNA Probe $28.72

July 1st: $2,635.43

  • Polyclinic Office Visit (how is this possible??) $111.22
  • Ultrasound, 41 weeks $325.89
  • Fetal biophysical profile, 41 weeks $238.05
  • Laboratory $22.68
  • Drugs/medical $0.59
  • Laboratory $3.00
  • Medical care $95.00
  • Medical care (I’m assuming this is the full bill from the midwives): $1,839 (our $3,000 deductible finally hit and we got about $5.27.63 off the total bill)

TOTAL SO FAR: $7,667.18

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1 Andrea Mon, Oct 4th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Awesome blog! I found it one night when I was google pre laboring for 3 weeks…ugh. This cost summary makes me so happy I live on Canada. I couldn’t imagine having to drop that kind of coin…mostly because I don’t have that kind of dough. Keep blogging :)

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2 Sandra Mort Sun, Jun 5th, 2011 at 5:25 am

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much!

Books — library, bookstore with comfy chair. Bring home only the ones you want for reference books, like The Birth Partner. Worth EVERY cent. And Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth. Birthing from Within was cool but I never got around to doing any of the exercises for any of my kids, so it was sort of a waste of money.

Classes — You took classes from Penny Simkin in person? I mean, you MET her? I AM SO JEALOUS!!!!!!

Medical stuff — I don’t think I paid more than a few hundred in copays for any of my kids including whatever tests I had done. Even my NYC births were under 1,000 in copays!

BTW… I think I may have hit 750 words just in comments today. Does that count? ;)

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