Homebirth Midwifery Services

Congratulations on your pregnancy!  We are excited for the opportunity to work with you.

Homebirth Midwifery care is often dramatically different than the other health care a woman will receive in her life.  We  strive to offer midwifery care that individualized, respectful, collaborative and caring.  Ample time is provided during appointments to address any questions and concerns you may have and to build a trusting relationship.  We are  available to you for phone calls or email in between appointments. Both prenatally and during labor, birth and postpartum, we work together as a team exploring options together.

Pregnancy, Labor Birth and Postpartum

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Our services include prenatal visits every month until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 and every week from 36 weeks on until you have your baby.  Prenatal visits are a relaxed conversations and education about pregnancy and birth.  Elements of a prenatal include suggestions for the relief of pregnancy discomforts, diet counseling, monitoring the health and well-being of mother and baby by urinalysis, hemoglobin checks, maternal vital signs, fetal heart rate, fundal height measurements and palpation for baby’s position.  Recommended herbal remedies will be provided at no cost to you.  Books and videos from our lending library are available to your throughout your pregnancy.

A visit at your home will take place around 36 weeks. At this visit we will discuss your supplies to have on hand for the birth.  Supplies for a homebirth cost about 50 dollars. Waterbirth tubs are available for your use at no additional fee.  Disposable liner must be purchased by the family.

We will remain in close contact with you during the last days of pregnancy and the hours of warm-up or early labor and will come to your home at your request providing both monitoring of mother and baby as well as emotional and physical support. We will remain at your home for several hours after the birth of the baby, monitoring the well being of baby and mother, helping if necessary to establish breastfeeding.  We perform a comprehensive newborn examination during within the first 3 hours postpartum. We don’t leave your home until we are certain that you and your baby are in good condition and you are fed and comfortable and your home is tidy.

catching baby

Early postpartum visits take place in your home so you don’t have to go out with your new baby.  These homevisits take place at approximately 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week and 2 weeks postpartum.  You will  also have 2 additional postpartum appointments at 3-4 weeks and 5-6 weeks.  We provide herbs for the health of your uterus and perineum and other herbal remedies as necessary for issues like infant colic, hemorrhoids, increasing milk supply and more.  Throughout the first 6 weeks postpartum we continue to check the baby’s cord, lungs, heart, skin, weight gain, growth and other signs of wellness.  We offer breastfeeding support as information and support for baby care and baby health, healing, emotions and physical changes for mom during the postpartum period.

Paperwork

We will file the necessary paperwork for a birth certificate and social security card.

We will assist you in obtaining insurance reimbursement (or flex health spending account reimbursement) by submitting an itemized claim to your insurance company.  Please be aware that while many families receive some insurance reimbursement this amount can vary widely and some families are denied reimbursement by their insurance carrier. Follow-up and appeals to the insurance company are the client’s responsibility.

We will provide you with digital copies of any records about your pregnancy and birth.

Parent Responsibilities:

Self-Care

The best care a woman can secure for herself and her baby during childbearing is the care she gives herself.

You have many choices as you move through your pregnancy, approach birth and later motherhood. There are many ways to educate your self about pregnancy and birth and babies:  asking questions at prenatals, reading, watching birth videos, or attending childbirth classes, attending support and education meetings in the community are all options for self-education.

A good diet, moderate exercise, stress relief, attention to your relationship with your partner are all very important in the overall health, well being and smoother birth and postpartum for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

Relationship with your midwives

We appreciate your honesty on your health history and about any issues that may come up during the course of care.  If you have dreams, hopes, preferences about your care please feel free to speak up and let us know.

Financial and other Obligations

My homebirth service costs $4300.  We offer an early payment discount.  If you pay in full by 36 weeks the price is reduced to $3700. You can pay with check or credit card using paypal.    As stated above parents are responsible for their own birth supplies.

 Learn More

You can read more about homebirth, local resources and childbirth education and our practice on the Geneabirth website and about Erin’s midwifery partner Sarah Beiermeier.

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