frequently asked questions
What is a CPM & LM?
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Licensed Midwife (LM) is a professional, expertly trained to provide care during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Midwives provide compassionate, comprehensive care that is focused on your specific needs.
Prenatal and postpartum appointments generally take about 45 minutes to an hour. Our time is spent getting to know one another, assuring that you have your nutritional needs met, checking vitals for you and baby, and assuring that you have all the information and resources that you need to prepare you for birth and the postpartum period.
How & where were you trained?
I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Hamline University in May 1996 and a Master of Science in Midwifery from Midwives College of Utah in March 2009. The clinical portion of my training occurred in Minnesota with experienced CPMs and in Bali at Bumi Sehat Foundation. I completed my clinical training in 2006 and opened my practice thereafter. Please see the ABOUT ME page for more information about my life, interests, and training.
HOW much will my care cost?
The global fee for prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum and newborn care ranges between $3,000.00 and $5,500.00. If out of pocket, see insurance information below.
Some items that may have an additional fee include: waterbirth tub, towel service, well person care, lab work, insemination services, newborn screenings, newborn eye prophylaxis and vitamin k, Rhogam, and childbirth education classes.
Do you accept insurance?
Most insurances, including Medicaid, will cover midwifery care. Earth Mother Midwife uses a billing system. They are able to run a verification of benefits to determine the coverage available for your birth. They have billing codes that answer the question more clearly then just looking at your handbook or calling your insurance company.
IS homebirth safe?
A study examining nearly 17,000 courses of midwife-led care demonstrates the safety and positive health benefits for low-risk individuals who choose to birth at home with a midwife, and their babies born at home. The study reports a very low cesarean rate of 5.2%. The national average for cesareans in hospital settings is 31% for full-term pregnancies. The rate of interventions was substantially lower for individuals who birthed with a midwife in the home setting. Additional benefits were demonstrated in the rate of full-term pregnancies (97%), the rate of breastfeeding at six weeks (98%) and the clear findings that babies born to pregnant persons at home who are low-risk had no higher risk of maternal and infant mortality when compared to low-risk pregnancies in hospital (Cheyney M, Bovbjerg M, Everson C, Gordon W, Hannibal D, & Vedam S., 2014).
what iS your BIRTH philosophy?
I fundamentally believe that birth works. I trust the person giving birth to know what is best for them, their baby, and their family. I believe that the midwife holds the space for the family to bring their baby into the world. My role is that of information, support, and to step in and use my skills only when they are required for safety. I enjoy socializing in the prenatal setting. In the birth setting it is my goal to be unobtrusive and never hover during labor and birth. Birth is a deeply personal and intimate experience. When I check fetal heart tones during labor, I do so quietly and without interrupting. I avoid talking during labor and birth, unless I am asked a direct question or I need to provide information urgently. You are the most important person in your birth. You are the priority.
How does homeBIRTH differ from hospital birth?
Determining which setting will provide you with the greatest comfort is the most important factor in your decision.
Hospitals have pain medications during labor, surgical units, surgeons, and anesthesiologists available in the event of a need for a surgical birth. Hospitals do report higher cesarean rates for healthy low-risk individuals. Privacy can be challenging in the hospital setting. It is not uncommon to have never met your nurses and sometimes even your care provider in the hospital setting. Common interventions in the hospital setting can lead to a cascade of further interventions. Access to food and drinks, family, friends, comfort measures may be limited in the hospital setting.
The homebirth setting is an environment that is familiar. There is no need to get into a car and travel during labor. The midwife provides your care and cares for your newborn. Your midwife philosophy is familiar to you. You will birth in the location of your home that is most comfortable to you, in the position that is most comfortable to you, surrounded by the people you have elected to support you. You can move freely about your home and property based upon what is best for you in labor. If you are hungry, you will be able to eat. If you are tired, you will be able to sleep. Your experience is based upon your needs. Your midwife will provide ample information about every aspect of your care to give you the opportunity to make fully informed decisions about what is best for you, your family and your baby. Informed choice is a vital part of your care. You will be at the helm of what is best for you.
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