FAQs

How Much Does It Cost?

The total fee is $4000.00.  This will include basic labs and prenatal care through pregnancy, the birth and full postpartum care, newborn testing and birth certificate.

You are seen monthly until 28 weeks, then twice monthly until 36 weeks and weekly until birth.  You are seen several times postpartum through 6 weeks.  Contact me for full disclosure of care that is included.

Where Do I Go For Visits?

Visits are in my home in Jonesborough, TN.  The 36 week visit will be in your home as will initial postpartum care.  Postpartum weeks 2, 4 and 6 week will be back in my office.

Why Home Birth?

Home birth is associated with better outcomes for women with low risk pregnancies.  When choosing to home birth with a Certified Professional Midwife, you will have complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care.  Your provider will spend more time with you at prenatals discussing your overall health and well-being.  We will discuss nutrition, mental and emotional status and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Home birth is for women who prefer less medical intervention, avoid hospitals or who just do not want to leave their home for birth.

Who Can Home Birth?

Women who are low risk and are carrying a baby that is low risk for birth.  Low risk typically means someone with no preexisting health conditions that elevate pregnancy risk and a baby that is growing within normal limits.  Prenatal tests through pregnancy will continue to show normal results and the pregnancy is monitored to stay within normal limits.  If something shows abnormal, a visit to an OB for follow-up is scheduled.  Other high risks include a malpositioned baby, signs of preeclampsia, high blood pressure or other related issues.

Can I Have Pain Medication?

No pain medications are administered at home.  Instead pain management is used such as herbs, tinctures, homeopathy, position changes and of course water!

Who Can Be At My Birth?

It is your home, it is your birth, you may have anyone you would like.  Caution: it is easier to invite than uninvite.  Also, the more 'audience' you have, you could potentially be prolonging your labor time.  Children are welcome but must have a designated care provider in place should they need care during labor and birth.  

Do I Need a Doula?

Yes!  A doula's role is very important and different than midwives.  If you are considering a home birth and this will be your first vaginal delivery, hiring a doula is top priority to help insure the birth you desire at home.

Do You Take Insurance?

No.  Most insurances do not cover care with a CPM.  Even the few that do have a deductible higher than the total cost for midwifery care.  There are medical lenders should you need to finance the cost.  Health Share companies typically cover home birth but you must work with them directly for reimbursement.  I will happily supply invoicing.