Is home birth safe?
Out-of-hospital birth with a qualified midwife is proven to be as safe or safer than birth in hospital for most women and babies. For many women, birthing in a hospital raises chances of unnecessary medications, procedures, and interventions. Midwives are trained and equipped to deal with emergency situations. If emergencies arise during pregnancy, labor, birth or postpartum period, transfer of care to a physician or hospital may be required.
Am I a good candidate for home birth?
Probably. Pregnancy and birth is not an illness; it is a natural process. Complications requiring the care of a physician are actually quite rare. Do you feel healthy? Are you willing to take responsibility for your own and your baby's health and well-being? Do you have a stable and safe place to birth and spend your first days postpartum? If you have a known complication, a major disease process, or a baby with a known complication we can discuss whether out-of-hospital birth is a wise choice for you.
Can I have a water birth?
Absolutely! Water births are great and having the ability to labor in water is helpful to many women. In the end, you will decide if you want a 'land' or 'water' baby. Though a large bath tub works, if you think you want a water birth, I suggest using a birth pool where the depth makes an incredible difference.
Who can attend my birth?
This is your birth and you can invite anyone you would like. Family, including children and close friends can support you in a way that no one else can. Choose people who will add a positive element as you labor and birth your baby. As a midwife, I am in solo practice and typically come to births with an assistant. If necessary or desired a second midwife can be arranged to also attend the birth.
What is your cost? Do you accept insurance?
My price is a global fee including all prenatal care, the time of birth, all postpartum visits and newborn care. Lab work is paid separately as well as some birthing supplies that are required. I am willing to provide you an invoice that you may submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement after payment has been received.