A midwife is a health care provider that offers perinatal care to pregnant people and newborns from pre-conception care to 6 weeks postpartum. Midwives are trained in psychological ("normal") pregnancies, births, postpartum and newborn care. Midwives are advocates for informed and shared decision making, and make time to explain options and procedures to ensure clients make the informed decision that best fits their needs. Midwives follow the Midwives Model of Care™ which includes:
Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the pregnant person throughout the childbearing cycle
Providing the pregnant person with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
Minimizing technological interventions
Identifying and referring pregnant people who require obstetrical attention
The application of this pregnant person-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
If I have a Doula, do I need a Midwife? If I have a Midwife, do I need a Doula?
A doula is a wonderful person to have by your side at your birth! However, a doula is an educational, physical and emotional support partner and not a health care provider. Your midwife, while they can also provide educational, physical and emotional support, should not be your main source of this support in labor as they need to focus on keeping everyone safe. Having both a doula and a midwife make up a great birth team!
What services are provided in Midwifery Care?
Midwifery care is full prenatal, birth and postpartum care as well as newborn care. Midwifery care encompasses all prenatal appointments, monitoring the client's and unborn baby's well-being, lab work, ultrasound referrals, presence at birth, immediate postpartum care, postpartum care for six weeks and as well as newborn care for six weeks. Midwifery care is more in-depth care than typical perinatal care. Appointments with midwives usually last between 45 minutes and an hour, during which a foundation of understanding and trust is being built. Midwives care about the whole well-being of their clients, and therefore, take time to get to know them. During appointments, time is spent discussing nutrition, normal pregnancy developments, current life stressors, and any questions and concerns a client might have. When a client's time has come to give birth, the midwife goes to the client and is present with them throughout the labor, birth and postpartum time. After birth, the midwife then provides on-going care for both parent and newborn throughout the first 6 weeks.
Do you work in the Hospital?
I am a Certified Professional Midwife, which means I specialize in community (out of hospital) birth. Certified Nurse Midwives are trained in hospital birth and some also practice in community settings. Certified Professional Midwives do not practice in hospitals.
Can I have an Epidural?
Epidurals, while they can sometimes be a wonderful tool, come with risks. For this reason, epidurals should only be administered in a hospital where there are higher levels of care available. When choosing to have a Certified Professional Midwife, or a community birth, you are choosing to use non-pharmacuetical means of labor pain relief.
Do you accept Insurance?
I am currently a Medicaid provider, and accept clients with Medicaid. If you have a different insurance, I can bill your insurance for you, but not all insurances cover the cost of care with a CPM. I encourage you to talk to your insurance provider about what they cover.
What is the Cost of Care?
The cost of care is dependent upon your insurance. Contact me for more information on the individualized cost.
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What about VBAC?
Resolve Birth Services strives to be a trauma-informed, inclusive, and anti-racist care provider. We serve the Southeast section of Virginia and the Northeast section of North Carolina.
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