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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is different about midwifery care?

One of the most notable hallmarks of midwifery care is the amount of time spent at the bedside during labor and birth. Midwifery care also incorporates the best of both the nursing and medical disciplines, which is why the profession is often referred to as an art. If you would like more information about midwives we encourage you to navigate to the “Why a Midwife” page under “Patients” in our homepage menu.

Do you support women who want a trial of labor after cesarean?

Yes.

If I need a cesarean, can I still be a midwifery patient?

Yes. Any patient who requires a cesarean birth will have the same support as those birthing vaginally. We will be present for the birth and provide support before, during and after the cesarean.

Do you attend home births?

No.

I just found out I am pregnant, when should I have my first appointment?

If you are not having any problems,it is recommended to have your first appointment around 8 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period. The reason for this is to minimize the chances that you would be too early in the pregnancy and that we would not be able to confirm a viable pregnancy by ultrasound.

What can I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit will consist of an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy is healthy and progressing normally. You will also meet with one of the midwives to review the results of the ultrasound, pertinent medical history, options for genetic testing, and to discuss any worries or concerns. If you are a new patient the midwife will also spend time reviewing our philosophy of care.

How much will it cost to have my baby?

You will be provided a document that explains the “Maternity Care Bundle”.  You can review the document now by clicking on the link below. A copy of this document can be found on the “Print Forms” page found at the top of the home page.

How often will I have an OB appointment during my pregnancy?

Generally, most patients have their “New OB Visit” between 9-11 weeks. The remainder of the visits typically follow every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until your due date.

How many ultrasounds will I have during my pregnancy?

It is routine to have an ultrasound when your pregnancy is confirmed followed by the anatomy ultrasound between 18-20 weeks.

Who do I call if I am having a problem or a question?

If you have non-urgent questions we encourage you to message your midwife through our patient portal. For urgent questions or needs call our office. During business hours your call will be answered by our office staff. After hours the call will be forwarded to the on call midwife.

How do I prepare to have a baby?

Preparing for labor, birth, and becoming a parent are different for everyone. We have a short list of reliable resources including books and online resources as a starting point for your journey to parenthood. The document is located under the “Print Forms” page found at the top of our home page.

 


 

Links to documents with financial and pregnancy-suggested reading information

 

Maternity Care Costs, Billing and Budgeting

Pregnancy Suggested Resources

 

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