A Midwife provides medical care for you and your baby. I am licensed to provide prenatal care, attend your birth as the main provider, provide postpartum care for you and your newborn for 6 weeks, and preform Well Woman Care Visits. A Doula is a valuable support person that provides physical and emotional support. Doulas and Midwives have different roles and scopes of practice, but they make a great team!
I may only attend your hospital birth as your Doula. I only attend homebirths in the role of Midwife. In the case of a transfer, I will come along to the hospital and support you in the doula role.
Midwives are trained to prevent, detect and handle emergencies before they become serious. Once signs are present that a true emergency may arise, a transfer to a nearby hospital will happen after you or your baby have been safely stabilized. Transfers happen in roughly 13% of homebirths, while only 1% are for true emergencies.
Many women describe their labor feeling very different with their homebirth compared to their previous hospital births. When you are in your own environment, feel safe, respected, and you are free to move around and eat as you please, your body responds to labor differently. While labor still has intense moments, environment can have a huge impact on how we perceive pain.
I bring a trained assistant or fellow Midwife, oxygen, herbal tinctures for bleeding as well as Pitocin and Cytotec. A doppler for fetal monitoring, everything needed to monitor vitals, Vitamin K, eye ointment, IV fluids and antibiotics, and other labor management tools. Everything that makes Birth Center births safe is brought to your home.
I currently accept Medicaid. With other insurance companies, please head towards our ”verification of benefits” portal. Our professional billing company will answer questions regarding your insurance’s coverage. With private insurance, I require cash-payments, and our billing will provide you with an itemized bill for reimbursement. I offer flexible payment plans.
I recommend the documentaries "Why Not Home?" as well as "The Business of Being Born".
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