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FAQ

What is the cost of midwifery care (with plans for a home birth)?
The cost of care in 2024 is $7,400.
A $500 deposit is due upon entering care before your first appointment.
Multiple payment plans are available to choose from that work with most budgets.
We have a thorough financial agreement that we will review and select together.

Do you accept insurance?
No, insurance is not accepted for care.
Insurance CAN be used for labs and ultrasounds.  I would suggest checking with your insurance company to see what coverage you have regarding out-of-network provider reimbursement.

If you have an FSA/HS,A you can use those funds towards your care as well!
If you want to change insurance and it fits your values, I recommend discovering a healthcare share plan such as Samaritan and Christian Ministries and Zion Health Share.

Additionally, I will produce a receipt for insurance that you can submit at your 6-week postpartum appointment.  I would recommend having the help of a professional biller for your best chances for reimbursement (and to remove it from your plate).

Are there any extra fees besides the cost of care?  
Yes.  There is a birth kit you will need to purchase ranging from $100-150 depending on what extra supplies you may need (extras for a water birth).
There are additional supplies you will need to have that you can likely find in your household supplies.  The cost for care does not include labs or ultrasounds, doula care, or lactation support beyond the first couple of days postpartum.  Please check with your insurance company on coverage for these services.

What if I can’t afford care?
We absolutely recognize that this type of care does not come easy for most people.
We are always open to discussing where you are and what you have to work with and creating a plan to get to the end.  Planning before pregnancy is best, as well as allocating funds each week to your care.  Also, if you are having a baby shower, sprinkle, blessing way, etc., ask your guests to contribute funds vs. gifts and hit up your closest consignment shop for your newborn needs.

Can I transfer in from another care provider?
Yes, you can!  If you are unhappy in your care and your values align with midwifery care, AND your risk assessment shows you are a candidate for an out-of-hospital birth, then it’s an option!  Once we have agreed to work together, you can have your current provider transfer over your records, and we will pick up from there.  If you have risk factors that don’t fit with home birth but would like to have midwifery care, we can discuss co-care with your current provider.  Co-care is NOT designed as a way to afford

How do you manage bleeding at birth?
Bleeding occurs at every birth.  We watch it closely for hours and the days after.  If bleeding is in excess, we will offer the least invasive, most natural methods to help it stop first but will go to more mainstream alternatives that are also offered in the hospital setting to help.  At times, if bleeding isn’t controlled in a timely fashion, we may summon EMS to come and be on standby in case we need increased support.  It’s a rare event, but sure, it does happen.

Do you train in newborn resuscitation?
Yes!  I and the midwife who attend with me are trained in adult and infant resuscitation and carry resuscitation equipment to ensure everyone is safe.  Current 2-year training includes 2022 with Karen Strange, renewing in March 2024.

What if there is an emergency?
If there is a situation out of our scope or that requires more hands and additional skills, we summon EMS and/or transfer to the hospital.  We carry a lot of equipment and supplies that are rarely used but are there to handle most emergencies.  We can dig through my bags together.  This is NOT homebirth at all costs; this is midwifery care with great intentions to have a baby at home.

Do you bring support with you?  What is their skill set?
Yes!  I have at least one support person with me at your birth.  My right-hand woman is also a midwife so you get a two midwife team in most cases.