FAQ

 Below are a few of the most common questions we are asked. If you have additional questions, please call or email us and we will do our best to answer them.
 Telephone:   (916) 527-4080
Fax:  (916) 200-5009
  1. Why would I choose a Midwife?
    Historically, midwives have attended to moms during childbirth. Throughout the years this art has been passed on and benefits many. The midwives quality and quantity of personal care that she gives is priceless. A midwife will get to know you, building a relationship that fosters a partnership in decision making. This allows moms to be in charge of their care. A midwife's care is holistic, mother and family centered, educational and personal.
  2. What kinds of service are included in a Midwife's prenatal care?
    We offer the same tests that you would get in a hospital setting, this includes any lab tests or ultrasounds. However, a midwife’s services go beyond that to include education, allowing parents to choose what is right for them. We also offer nutritional guidance, preparation for labor and birth, remedies for common pregnancy ailments and supportive education. It can also include home visits and 24/7 on call availability. Our care is is very personal.
  3. Does insurance cover midwifery care?
    Yes, many do in California. It varies depending on your insurance company and your coverage. We can refer you to a medical biller, that many home birth clients use. They can tell you what your benefits are and take care of your reimbursement.
  4. What do I need to do to get ready for a home birth?
    You’ll need to gather a few common supplies; clean sheets, towels, and receiving blankets, and have food and beverages on hand for your labor and postpartum. You’ll also need to purchase a birth kit, which contains disposable clean and sterile supplies for birth and postpartum. We'll provide you with a complete list of what you will need. Your midwives will bring all the medical equipment needed at the birth. We will also help prepare you throughout prenatal care.
  5. Can my partner/husband catch the baby? Can I catch the baby?
    Yes, we encourage parents to receive their own baby! If you wish, we will help guide the baby into your hands. This is your experience and it is our desire to guide you and support you along the way. We value the whole family as being a part of the birth experience and will support your desires for their involvement, keeping safety as the primary consideration. Throughout care we will involve the family as much as is comfortable for you. It is a joy to watch!
  6. I’m currently seeing a doctor, is it too late to switch to midwifery care?
    Absolutely not! We are happy to take clients at any time in their pregnancy, provided we still have room. Just call to check availability and schedule an appointment. It’s never too late to switch to midwifery care. We would love to support you in your home birth experience.
  7. What if you are not available when I go into labor?
    We plan our time around our client’s due dates. Rarely, there are emergencies or instances when both of us simply cannot be there. Our clients are our top priority so we have wonderful midwives that we work with as backup in the rare case that it would be needed. It might be that another midwife assists us and is with you until we can get there.
  8. What if I was told I am "high risk"?
    Home birth is not only safe for "low risk" women. It is also possible for many whom the traditional medical community has labeled as "high risk", such as those with twins, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or those with previous cesareans. With our team that incorporates midwifery and physician care, the reality is that many of these women can also safely deliver at home. We are happy to meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for homebirth.
  9. What about the mess?
    Actually, it is not as messy as you might think! We are careful to protect the area you choose to birth your baby in with the plastic that is included in your supplies. We also have a lot of disposable pads that we use. We leave the house looking the same, if not better, than when we came. We take out all the garbage, start the laundry, make sure the bathroom is clean and remove the birth tub from the house.
  10. What happens if everything doesn’t go ‘perfectly’?
    Whether you deliver at home or hospital, there is no guarantee for problem-free birth. We are trained to detect and manage complications. We carry medical equipment, supplies and natural remedies to manage most complications, allowing for mom and baby to safely stay at home. Deviations from normal that may require hospital based care typically have early warning signs. This allows adequate time to transport to the hospital.