- What is a midwife?
- What do midwives do?
- How is a midwife different from an obstetrician (OB)?
- How many births have you attended?
For more on my background, see Sally's Journey to Midwifery
- Do you do VBACs?
- What prenatal care do you provide?
For a complete description and schedule of care, see Midwifery Services.
- Is home birth with a midwife safe?
According to the study published in the British Medical Journal in June, 2005, planned home births for low risk women in the United States are associated with similar safety and less medical intervention as low risk hospital births. According to the study, if you choose homebirth with a Certified Professional Midwife, the intervention rates would be a tenth to a half of what they would be in hospital, compared to figures of the same time period from the National Health Institute of the US.
"Every study that has compared midwives and obstetricians has found better outcomes for midwives for same-risk patients. In some studies, midwives actually served higher risk populations than the physicians and still obtained lower mortalities and morbidities. The superiority and safety of midwifery for most women no longer needs to be proven. It has been well established."
" The Future of Midwifery in the United States, " Madrona, Lewis & Morgaine, NAPSAC News, Fall-Winter, 1993, p.30
"Every study published shows midwives to be safer than doctors. Every study. No exceptions. If your physician disagrees with this, challenge him or her to produce the data that supports otherwise. They won't be able to do it. Such data does not and never did exist. In a nutshell, that is the strength of the case for midwifery. It is unanimous. . .Over and over again, throughout history, the data shows that when doctors displace midwives, outcomes get worse."
" The Five Standards of Safe Childbearing," David Stewart, PhD. (Editor), Marble Hill, MO: NAPSAC Reproductions, 1982, 1997.
- Why choose home birth?
The holistic way to give birth is to let it happen. At home a woman has one or more care providers who monitor the progress of her labor and the well being of both she and her baby. Providing calm, watchful and intimate care, the midwives are there for the entire duration of labor and birth. The birthing woman knows this, depends on it and it helps her feel secure. She may also have her partner and family members with her—they know best what she likes and what soothes her the most.
A woman feels in control of her birth process when she births at home. In the hospital, institutional standards are in control."
Excerpted from "Homebirth is a Viable Choice" by Jill Cohen. First appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 50, Summer 1999.
- Do you do water birth? Do you have a tub for us to use?
- How do you feel about doulas?
- How soon after I start labor will you come to my birth?
- Who comes with you to the birth?
- What if there is an emergency during my birth?
- What happens after my baby is born?
- How much does midwifery care cost?
- Do you accept health insurance or Medicaid?
On the other hand, if your insurance company will reimburse you for your expenses, I will gladly provide the paperwork you need to file.
If you are having financial difficulties and need more time to pay off your fee, we can discuss a payment plan. Please keep in mind I am willing to help you find a way to attain the birth you desire! I may be able to provide discounts for certain woman in need.
Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance.
- I'm worried about paying for my midwifery care. What can I do?
- How far will you drive to see a client?
- I'm interested! What's the first step?
I'm also happy to talk with women or couples who are not yet pregnant, but who would like to explore their care options in advance.
My number is (985) 259-3557, and my email address is email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
- Sally Acosta, LM, CPM
Want to know more?
Read the 5 Free Downloads I've shared. They include:
- 10 Ways to Get Good Maternity Care
- Questions to Ask a Potential Midwife, Doula, and Physician
- Breastfeeding Handbook
- The Rights of Childbearing Women