Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
A midwife is a primary maternity care provider with medical skills and training. A doula is a professional labor coach. All of the Homespun Midwives started out as doulas and then went through the rigorous training to become Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs). Midwives can provide you with much of the same support as a doulas, although some women choose to hire a doula to support them in labor as well.
Is home birth safe?
Home birth has been shown to be a safe option for low-risk women with healthy, full-term pregnancies who are cared for and monitored by professional midwives. You can read more about home birth safety in these studies: Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States and Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician.
Do you take insurance?
Homespun is proud to offer flexible approaches to financing your prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. We put intention into making our fees fair for both the services we offer, as well as the financial needs of our clients. We assist our clients with private insurance reimbursement by working with a biller. While we do not accept OHP insurance, we do offer a financial hardship discount on an individual basis. Payment plans, sliding scale, and individualized plans are available as needed. Please contact the midwives for rates and to discuss payment plans.
Who can I have at my birth?
You are welcome to have anyone you wish to be present! Having siblings, aunties, uncles and grandparents by your side can add to the sweetness of home birth. The best part is that you get to choose who to share this experience with. We will help you decide who you want to be there and how to best prepare them for your home birth.
Do you do water births?
Yes! We are happy to offer water birth to our clients. Whether or not they actually give birth underwater, most of our clients use birth tubs during their labor for pain relief. For more information on the safety and benefits of water birth check out Waterbirth International and this study on Maternal and Newborn Outcomes Following Waterbirth.
What about the pain?
While you do not have the option of an epidural or other pharmaceutical pain medications in a home birth setting, many women find that birth in their own home is less painful than in a hospital. Midwives use water, massage, acupressure, and other therapies to guide you in relaxing and opening. We encourage you to eat and drink, sleep, shower, and labor in an environment that is safe and familiar. You are free to move around and assume any positions you'd like, unhindered by IV tubing or continuous fetal monitors. Your midwives follow your lead, monitoring and caring for you, and can help you receive your baby in almost any position!
When should I begin care?
Ideally, women begin prenatal care in their first or early second trimester. This allows the care providers to establish prenatal baselines, observe how the pregnancy progresses from beginning to end, and gives us time to form a relationship of trust. Often women find their way into midwifery care after beginning care with another provider. Whether you are 6 weeks pregnant or 26 weeks pregnant, the Homespun midwives would be glad to meet with you, answer your questions, and see if we would be a good fit for your family!
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