- What will my prenatal care be like?
Friendly, warm, peaceful ~ Your care will include the services listed under midwifery care. We will work together to make your pregnancy and birth, feel supported, and nurtured. Each visit will take about an hour and family members and siblings are welcome. Together we will create a care plan that is individually tailored for you and your family. We see our clients in my home office, at The Retreat Birth Center, and in your home for the 36-week prenatal visit.
- What will my birth be like?
Powerful, strong, challenging ~ Each mother and new family has a unique birth. As a midwife I will be there to encourage, guide and assist you, I work with a team of trained birth attendants and together we will monitor the health and welfare of you and your baby and provide quality experienced care during your birth, and the hours immediately following the birth.
- What will my early parenting be like?
Rest, nurse, eat, drink, diapers, rest and more rest ~ We will visit you several times during the first 2 weeks, where we will assess breastfeeding, conduct well baby care, new mom care, and newborn screenings. At about 4 weeks and 6 weeks we will see you again for postpartum well women visits.
- Home Birth or Birth Center? Why would you choose one over the other?
We offer the option of having your baby at home or at The Retreat Birth Center. There is a facility fee to birth in the birth center. Some women need a place to go to have their baby, a separate space that is just for birthing. Others feel most comfortable in their own home. Sometimes the decision is purely practical, perhaps you live with roommates that are not comfortable with homebirth, or you feel your space is not suitable for a homebirth.
- What are my responsibilities if I choose to have my baby at home or at the birth center?
It is important to communicate clearly and honestly with me, and the other midwives that work with me. We recommend you gather information about birth, including taking a childbirth class if it is your first birth. and learn about breastfeeding and newborns. Most importantly you are an active participant in your care.
- Do you take insurance? What are your fees? What about the birth certificate?
Because we work with clients from a variety of backgrounds and who have a wide variety of resources from private insurance to HMOs and Medicaid, we tailor our fees to each client. Please call to make an appointment to discuss our services and fees. South West Midwifery works with a medical biller to assist you in being reimbursed for your midwifery fees. You can visit www.slb-billing.com to verify your insurance benefits. You are responsible for fees to SLB Billing to verify insurance benefits and opening a file (about $100). I will submit the paperwork for the birth certificate and give you instructions for picking up the birth certificate and getting the social security card.