What about the mess?
Birth isn't always as messy as you might think, but I do utilize methods to reduce mess and I also do all the clean up! After you birth and have been taken care of I clean up the mess before I leave, take out all the trash, start laundry, etc.
Do you provide midwifery services in the hospital?
No I do not provide midwifery care in the hospital, I specialize in home birth. If at any time my client (patient) needs to transfer to a hospital I go with them and step into the role of support person like a doula, but your care is transferred to the physician at the hospital.
Do you take Medicaid?
No the state of Colorado does not currently contract with home birth midwives. I will provide discounts when needed.
Do you take CHP?
Yes! I am currently a contracted provider with CHP+
Do you take insurance?
Yes! I current have a biller who specializes in billing for home birth midwives, they work very hard to get good coverage for my clients. Clients are required to pay in full by 36 weeks and the insurance is billed after the birth, if they do pay then the client is reimbursed minus a small billing fee.
Do I need to get prenatal care from a doctor?
You are not be required to see a doctor, I provide complete prenatal care. If the need arises for you to see a physician during your pregnancy I can help arrange an appointment for you if needed.
What care do you provide?
I provide complete care for your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. You will see me for regular prenatal check ups, I will come to you for one of your final prenatal visits, home birth and one postpartum check up. If a situation arises that a referral is needed I will help you to arrange an appointment with a physician.
Do you allow water birth?
Absolutely!! I have had a waterbirth myself and can attest to how amazing the water feels. Because of this I provide a birth pool to each client (client is responsible for required purchase of accessories) to be used if desired during labor and/or birth.
What about VBAC?
I can attend VBACs at home, though certain criteria must be met.
Can I delivery my multiples with you?
No, unfortunately in CO I am not permitted to attend twins and other multiples.
What if my baby is breech?
Babies are breech during pregnancy until at least 30 weeks of pregnancy when they turn to a head down position which is ideal for delivery. There are many techniques that can be utilized to help turn a breech baby into a head down position, and sometimes nothing needs done but to give the baby time. If however, the baby is breech in labor then transport to a physician and hospital is required.
What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
A doula is a support person, someone who is trained in emotional and physical comfort measures during labor. At no time does a doula act as a medical provider, performing medical services or making medical decisions. I do offer doula services for hospital births.
A midwife is a care provider, provides complete care throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. A midwife also often provides the physical and emotional comfort such as a doula but a midwife’s main responsibility is to monitor the well being of mother and baby throughout your care.
Is home birth legal? Where did you get licensed?
Absolutely, midwives provide care throughout the world and was the main provider for pregnancy until about 1920 when hospital birth began in the US. Midwifery became licensed in the state of CO again in 1993 though there have been midwives practicing throughout the US long before then.
I am a Registered Midwife (RM) through the state of CO and nationally a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through NARM.