+ What is a Midwife?
A Midwife is a professional who is trained, certified and often collegiatly educated to care for pregnant people and their babies as well care for them in labor and the immediate postpartum period. Traditionally, Midwives have been attending births for thousands of years. Midwives are not physicians. They do not perform surgical births and do not handle high risk pregnancy and birth. They are specialists in low risk.
+What is Midwifery Care?
The Midwives Model of Care includes: monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the pregnant person throughout the childbearing cycle. Providing them with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support. The midwifery model of care has advantages for many people because it avoids unnecessary interventions during labor, thus helping the process remain normal because it addresses needs that are often not adequately met by the medical management model. World wide, Midwives are relied on to care for healthy people carrying healthy babies experiencing uncomplicated pregnencies. Midwives also care for non pregnant individuals seeking annual exams, birth control options and PAP screenings.
+ Do you work alone or with a partner?
In my practice, I work in a minimum team of TWO. A trained Birth Assistant and/or a second Midwife who has the ability to not only assist myself during the labor and birthing process but any member of the mother-baby diad that may be in trouble with bleeding or breathing. You are responsible for consulting with and hiring this person from a list of approved professionals that I distribute during your first prenatal visit when you come to care. If this is something you do not wish to do, I may not be the right Midwife for you.
+ Who will be at my birth?
Me and your hired Assistant or Second Midwife and Doula (if you choose to hire one).
+ Do you reccomend I hire a Doula?
As a Doula myself, I feel strongly about each familiy having the support they desire and hand picking the team that is right for them. Hiring a dedicated Doula is something I reccomend for families preparing for their first unmendicated birth, their first VBAC or their first birth in general. Doula's serve ALL KINDS of families. If you need reccomendations for Doulas in an out of hospital/community birthing environment, I'm happy to help!
+ Are you cool with Birth Photographers?
I love Birth Photography! I've had a photographer at my own births. If you need reccomendations for birth, newborn and or family photgraphers to contact, let me know!
+Can I have a Midwife in the Hospital?
At this time, there are no Midwives in the OKC/Metro who are catching babies in hospital. Midwives are most accessible in home or birthing center settings in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.
+ Does insurance cover Midwifery Care?
Some insurance carriers do cover services. Some Midwives in this community use a billing service that will help clients navigate receving reimbursment for their care. I accept HSA/FSA cards which will often cover total cost of care.
+ What does Midwifery Care look like with YOU as my Midwife?
Comprehensive prenatal care is provided throughout your entire pregnancy. Each appointment includes assessment of fetal development, monitoring fetal heart tones, monitoring of your physical and emotional well being.
- Thorough appointments (upto 1 hour) with individualized information and education.
- Nutritional counseling and holistic dietary and supplementation suggestions.
- Initial visits include a thorough physical exam, labs if necessary, and complete medical history.
- Appointments mirror standard care schedule clients may have experienced in the past: Every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, appointments, every 2 weeks between 28 and 36 weeks, and weekly appointments from 37 weeks to birth.
- All routine prenatal screens are available, including first trimester genetic screenings.
- Assessing maternal and fetal well-being at each visit including fetal heart tones, fundal growth, fetal positioning, urine dipstick testing, and more.
- Referral to specialists as needed.
- Referrals for ultrasounds.
- Ultrasounds may include: Dating (Early) Ultrasound between 6 and 12 weeks, Anatomy Ultrasound (to determine fetal development) between 18 and 22 weeks, and Ultrasound after 37 weeks to determine position (if needed).
Birth & Immediate Postpartum Care
- As you approach your due date, your Midwife will be on call for you 24/7.
- During labor, the Midwife and birth Assistant will arrive at your home for your labor and birth and stay several hours postpartum to ensure mom and baby are healthy & stable.
- Monitoring of vital signs, fetal well-being, labor progress and fetal positioning.
- Waterbirth available with free birth pool rental.
- Support measures to help ensure a calm birth environment and position suggestions to help keep your baby in an ideal position for birth.
- Complete newborn exam with records that can be sent to your pediatrician.
- Suturing available as needed.
- Breastfeeding assistance while encouraging skin-to-skin contact after birth.
- Clean-up of the laboring and birthing environment.
- In the case of hospital transfer, we will transition with you and stay to support through the birth of your baby.
- 24-36 hour postpartum home visit that includes ALL state Mandadted testing: newborn metabolic screen, CCHD screen and hearing screen.
- weight check, breastfeeding support, and assessment of maternal well being.
- Filing of Oklahoma Birth Certificate.
- 3-5 day home visit from your skilled birth assistant.
- 2 week, 6 week and optional 12 week postpartum office visits.
- Final postpartum visit includes a complete well woman physical exam and assessment.
- PAP screening and additional testing available by request.
- Baby weight checks and referrals to lactation consultants as needed for the first 30 days.