Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of using the Birth Center?
The Birth Center’s philosophy of care supports the birthing families’ choices and desires for their birth. Using the Birth Center offers many options in your labor and birth process. Some of the options include:
Availability and encouragement to eat and drink during labor
Laboring in a spacious soaking tub with the option of a Water Birth
Flexibility in positions for labor and birth
Comfortable setting where your choices are respected
2. Does the Birth Center accept health insurance?
Yes we do. Homebirths are now covered through insurance as well!!
3. Do you accept Medicaid?
I am accepting a certain number of Medicaid clients in a given month. So call and see if we still have spots available for your birth month. Medicaid will only cover a birth center birth. If you have Medicaid but want a homebirth I have a discounted fee, ask me about the details.
4. What is the cost?
The fee is $3500.00. Broken down into a $300 deposit with the remainder divided over 6-7 monthly payments. If you choose to pay in one lump sum at the start of your care I will discount it $200 to a total cost of $3300.00
*This fee covers all normal pregnancy related care(see financial agreement)
*It does not cover Sonogram, Birthing Classes or RhoGam Injections for RH- moms.
(the above fee is the cash-discounted price. The global fee, if filing with insurance is 4500.00)
5. I already started prenatal care with another practitioner; can I still change to a midwife?
It is very common to begin care with another provider and realize that the Birth Center or a homebirth may be a better fit. Transfer of your care, which will include records from your previous provider, will assist in a seamless transition. If you have any questions we’d be happy to schedule a time to meet with you to discuss them.
6. What happens in case of emergencies?
As a midwife I realize that many people have a lot of fears concerning birth. Honestly, many of the interventions have side effects that make more interventions needed. Most of the time, birth is perfectly safe and few interventions are needed; however, when a birth related situation requires skill our midwives are well trained. Emergencies can present themselves in any birth location, both in and out of hospital. Our experience has proven that fewer emergencies happen with less intervention such as induction with pitocin and epidurals. One situation that can be concerning is a mom bleeding too much after the birth. Midwives are trained to manage this with quick skills, as well as herbs, medication and iv fluids. Another area of concern involves the baby and his breathing following birth. What if the baby has breathing issues? Midwives are required through their licensure to be certified in neonatal resuscitation and therefore are qualified to aid the baby if this situation arises. Midwives also have oxygen available at every birth. If a situation arises in which a hospital transfer is necessary or requested by the client, a midwife or birth attendant will accompany the client to the hospital to transfer care.
7. Is waterbirth safe?
Water has long been known as a comforting place to be during times of physical discomfort. During labor and birth, both mom and baby feel the support of the water and enjoy its ease. During birth, the differential pressure between inside the uterus and outside the uterus is balanced by mom’s tummy being submerged in water. The reduced pressure makes birth gentler for both mom and baby. As a baby’s head emerges, the glottis (back of the baby’s throat) automatically closes so no water enters and then when the baby’s face comes in contact with the air, baby breathes. www.waterbirth.org gives more information about waterbirth.
8. How can my midwife help me handle the pain of labor?
First of all, don’t believe everything you see on TV and labor without an iv drip of pitocin is dramatically different than a natural labor. (Natural labor is much less traumatic!) Besides the difference in the intensity of labor with and without pitocin, women are often surprised at their strength and how capable they can be of dealing effectively with the discomfort of labor in a supportive environment. During labors overseen by a midwife, women are encouraged to: stay nourished and hydrated, remain active by walking and dancing, use hydrotherapy (tub or shower), and, most importantly, given space to birth in her own way and choice. In addition to the things already mentioned, we have many herbal remedies to help alleviate discomfort during labor and delivery! We have also added Nitrous Oxide gas for pain management. This has been used safely for a long time in England, where most babies are born with midwives. We have also added Nitrous Oxide Gas as an option for your pain management. This has been used safely and for a long time in Europe where the majority of babies are delivered with midwives.
9. If I use a midwife for my birth, do I still need to see my doctor for my prenatal care?
Midwives are licensed healthcare providers in the state of Texas and can provide prenatal, birth, postpartum and newborn care for you and your baby without needing additional care by other healthcare providers.
10. What about problems with getting pregnant or if I have a pregnancy loss?
Midwives have access to a vast supply of natural resources that can give parents the information they are looking for to help with the life situation they are going through.
11. Can I have a vaginal birth if I had a previous c-section (VBAC)?
VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean) can be an option for women and our midwives are experts in VBAC! It is important to know the reason for the c-section and to know how the surgery was performed. Empowering yourself with information can expand your options. An informative site to visit is www.ican-online.org, which is an online resource for moms considering a vaginal birth after a c-section.
12. Do you have client references that I can talk to?
Women that have delivered at the Birth Center love to talk about their births! Give us a call so we can provide you their contact information.
13. Do you do homebirths?
Yes we do. If home is where you long to be during the birth of your baby, we would love to serve you in that capacity! You will come to all your prenatal visits at the birth center. At your 36 week prenatal exam our midwives will meet you at your home in order to help you talk through how you envision your birth, and familiarize ourselves with where you are located. We love homebirths and know that woman are much more relaxed within their own environment.
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