Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
We get this question a lot. In large part because both terms are somewhat unfamiliar to the general public, but also because they both have to do with birth. So yeah, we get it that people mix them up! But simply put, midwives are health-care professionals and doulas are labor coaches. To learn more about midwives, refer to the "Why Midwifery?" section under the ABOUT tab. To learn more about doulas, click here.
What kinds of things do you bring to the birth?
It's a common misconception that midwives do not bring equipment to births. In reality, midwives bring lots of equipment! In fact, it usually takes at least 2 or 3 trips from the car to bring it all in. Included would be things like: oxygen tank, fetal monitoring device, birthing tub & accessories, herbs & medications, I.V. supplies, birthing stool, stuff to keep your house clean, and so so much more.
Do you deliver in the hospital?
Do you take insurance or HSA?
We've seen better results when families submit insurance claims themselves after the birth. If your insurance company decides to cover part or all of the cost, we will reimburse you! We do accept HSA payments.
Do you offer pain medications?
No. To help reduce sensations of pain we recommend a calm, peaceful environment; doula support; water birth; prenatal education, including a childbirth education class (e.g. Hypnobirthing); and other relaxation techniques.
Do you do water birth?
Yes, absolutely! We love water birth. It helps relax and reduce sensations of pain, and provides a calm and welcoming environment for your child.
Do you support VBAC?
What happens if there is an emergency?
Midwives are trained to handle perinatal complications, which includes hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia, unexpected breech, etc. We are trained in both neonatal resuscitation (NRP) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). However, in some cases (rare), you may need further attention and in those cases we do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.
How far do you travel?
I work within a 40 mile radius of my home.