Frequently Asked Questions
How do you deal with complications at birth?
Complications are rarely a surprise or an emergency. Usually, there are indicators that birth is not going normally. In the event that an out of hospital birth is no longer safe for you or your baby, a transfer to the nearest hospital will be an initiated by the midwife. This usually takes place in your private car and with no rush. Should a life-threatening emergency occur, a transfer will take place via ambulance.
Do I need a doula if i am planning a home birth with a midwife?
You do not NEED a doula, but I highly advise hiring one. Doulas have been shown to have many benefits for a family including a safer and more positive birth experience. A doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support to an expectant mother before, during, and after childbirth. A doula focuses on an expectant mother’s needs, which enables her to have a memorable and empowering experience while giving birth.
A birth doula remains with the mother during the entirety of her labor and birth. She offers relaxation and comfort services like massage, aroma therapy, and affirmation. A doula can also assist with optimal labor positions; however, doulas are not medically trained, and cannot deliver babies.
Who can have a home birth?
Home birth is a great option for low risk moms who desire an out of hospital birth.
What does my fee cover?
My $5,500 midwifery fee covers everything necessary for a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum. A few of the services included are; required intake labs, 28 week labs, 36 week labs, 20 week anatomy scan, and the birth kit.
Some things that are not included are; rhogam, additional labs or ultrasounds, water birth supplies, and vitamin and supplements.
What should I think about when looking for a midwife?
When looking for a midwife, you should look for someone that you are comfortable with. You should look for a midwife that is comfortable with your medical history as well. A midwife who is within an hour's drive of you is another important consideration.