Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I know if I am a candidate for a homebirth?

The midwife will perform a risk assessment at the beginning of your pregnancy.  She will continue to assess your risk throughout the pregnancy.  Depending on your assessment, you may be “risked out” or need to be evaluated by physician to determine if it is safe to continue with a homebirth.  Home birth is a safe option for most pregnancies.  

How long is a typical prenatal appointment?

A typical at home prenatal appointment is about 45 minutes.  Your care is individualized and some appointments may be shorter or longer as needed.  

What about labs and ultrasound(s)?

All routine labs will be drawn by the midwife during your scheduled prenatal appointments.  The midwife will refer you to radiology for ultrasound(s) as needed.

May I have a water birth?

Yes!  One of the benefits of a homebirth is that you will be able to labor however you desire in the comfort of your own home.  

What happens if something goes wrong?

The midwife is trained and equipped to handle emergencies.  Before your birth, an emergency care plan will be established between you and your midwife.  She has a collaborative agreement with a local obstetrician who has privileges at both hospitals.  Your midwife will stay with you to provide support and assistance if a transport occurs.     

What is included in your fee?

The maternity care fee includes:

  • Comprehensive prenatal visits in your home  (monthly until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until delivery)
  • Labor, birth, and immediate postpartum care of mom and baby
  • Birth assistant fee
  • Newborn metabolic screening
  • Postpartum visits at around 48 hours, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks
  • Preparation and filing of birth certificate

This fee does NOT include:

  • Lab work
  • Genetic screening
  • Ultrasound(s)
  • Physician consult(s)
  • Medications
  • Birth tub
  • Birth kit
  • Hospital transport or care received

Do you accept private insurance?

I am out of network for all private insurance and most providers do not reimburse the full fee.  Your insurance benefits will need to be verified by our billing service. Your insurance reimbursement will vary depending on your plan, deductible, and coinsurance.  You will be required to make monthly payments until the birth.  After the birth, a claim will be submitted to your insurance company.  Your insurance reimbursement will be used to pay the remaining balance. If your insurance reimbursement does not satisfy your remaining balance, you will be responsible for paying the unpaid balance.

Are you a Medicaid provider?

Unfortunately, I am not currently a Medicaid provider.  Please contact me for payment plan options.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, there are payment plan options available.

Photo credit:  Elizabeth Paige Photography (Tallahassee, FL)
Photo credit: Elizabeth Paige Photography (Tallahassee, FL)

"The Knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. " ~ Suzanne Arms