How many births have you attended?
I have been attending homebirth since 2004, graduated midwifery school and became certified in 2007, and I have attended almost 300 births in that time. I keep my practice small so that I may afford you all the time you need at appointments, and still be a homeschool mom.
What are your statistics on transfers, VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), and cesarean rate?
Because I am a homebirth-after-cesarean (HBAC) mom myself, I consider VBAC my specialty and embrace VBAC moms, including VBAmC (multiple c/s) or special scars (VBAssC). In my practice:
87% VBAC rate
5.8% cesarean rate
Do you have hospital privileges?
No, I exclusively attend homebirth.
Do you attend waterbirth?
Yes! I have myself given birth in water, and give it high praises. Approximately 70% of my clients choose to birth in water. Check out .
How long will you allow me to stay pregnant before you have to transfer for induction?
Firstly, take the words "allow" and "let" and get rid of them. I am not an authority over your body or baby; we work together as a team for health and safety. As long as everyone is healthy and motivated to continue to be patient for labor to begin, I watch you and baby closely but there is no cut-off for a healthy post-date pregnancy. On the opposite side of that, homebirth prior to 37 weeks is considered premature birth, and premature babies require extra care that is not available at home.
How do you feel if I decline any testing?
I consider it my job to provide you with all the information you need about any test or procedure, so that you may make an informed choice with personal responsibility, including choosing to decline. Newborn procedures are treated with equal respect for your choices.
Do you practice delayed cord clamping?
I prefer to call it physiologic cord clamping, as leaving the cord alone in the immediate postpartum causes the vessels themselves to close and cease profusion without any intervention. The timing is typically after placenta has birthed and you have made the choice to clamp/cut the umbilical cord, including the choice for cord burning or lotus birth.
How many midwives or assistants are on your birth team?
I appreciate the apprenticeship method of midwifery training, and have occasionally accepted an apprentice in my practice. I also appreciate your need for privacy and intimacy at birth. The use of a birth assistant is considered on a case-by-case basis, and while my work as a midwife is also part doula, I love working with doulas if you choose to hire one yourself.
How much does homebirth cost?
My full fee for prenatal visits, the birth, newborn care, breastfeeding support, and postpartum care is $3,300 and goes down from there with numerous discounts available (and ask), including credit for prenatal visits with other providers if you are choosing to switch care from a previous provider.
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