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Our Sliding Scale

How to figure out what you should pay

Here at Birth and Beyond, we believe that all pregnant people who want support during their pregnancy and births should have it, regardless of how much money they make. We also realize that for many, that is easier said than done. Sliding scale options are one way that we can offer our birth support to everyone. 

 

We wanted to create ours in a way that took into account oppression, systemic racism, and disparities in our community. Here is one way to figure out what type of payment works best for you for our services...

 

Consider paying less on the scale if you: 

  • Are a person who experiences direct racism or via systemic oppression

  • Are a black, brown, indigenous or otherwise non-white person

  • Are someone with a disability

  • Are transgender and experience trans-related discrimination and/or violence regularly

  • Are gay/queer and experience related discrimination and/or violence regularly

  • Have medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance

  • Have been denied work

  • Are eligible for public assistance

  • Have immigration-related expenses

  • Are a returning citizen who has been denied work because of incarceration history

  • Are a sex worker who experiences discrimination

  • Are supporting children or have other dependents 


Consider paying more on the scale if you: 

  • Own the home you live in

  • Have investments, a retirement or can put money in savings

  • Can travel for leisure 

  • Have access to resources in times of need

  • Work part time by choice

  • Have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education, gender privilege, racial privilege, class background, etc. (even if you aren’t currently exercising that power) 

When you can pay more, you help everyone. When you pay in the middle, you help to cover costs. When you pay at the bottom, know that you’re letting your community help support you, and that takes a lot of courage. 

Even if, after all these suggestions, you find that you’re unable to pay even the lowest end of the spectrum, please reach out to us and we can work something out. We are here to help you. Pay what feels right to YOU; don’t stress about it. We will never ask questions or drill you about your payment choice. 

*** This privilege-based sliding scale model is from abm tattoos at https://www.abmtattoo.com (with permission to use)  <3 ***