Q:  What makes midwifery care different?
A: We view pregnancy and birth as a normal life process.  We provide individualized care for each of
our clients and are available throughout all phases of your pregnancy, birth and postpartum.   You'll
receive personal care with us.  You won't find a busy waiting room.  Just caring and loving midwives
who enjoy women and babies!  

Q:  What about prenatal testing?
A:  We  offer all routine lab work. (done in our office)  We also offer ultrasound if requested or
necessary. This is done at an off-site facility.  You are always encouraged to make  informed
decisions about any testing or procedures that we offer.

Q: What are prenatal visits like?
A: Each prenatal visit includes an assessment of mother and baby.   Fetal heartbeat,  position, size,
blood pressure, pulse and uterine growth are part of our routine care.  We also offer nutritional
counseling at each prenatal visit.  Prenatal appointments are scheduled for one hour with plenty of
time to have your questions answered.  We see you every 4 weeks until the 28th week, every 2 weeks
until the 36th week followed by weekly appointments until your baby's birth.  

Q:  Do you offer waterbirth?
A:  Yes!  We encourage the use of water during labor and birth. We can provide information about your
plans for a waterbirth. We also have rental birth pools available for our clients.

Q: What equipment does a midwife carry to a homebirth?
A: We carry all the necessary supplies needed for your homebirth, instruments, doppler,  eye
ointment, gloves, baby scale and  birthing stool.   We also carry equipment in case of an emergency
that includes, oxygen, medications, herbs, homeopathics and resuscitation equipment.  

Q: Can I transfer from an OB to a midwife during pregnancy?
A:   Women  sometimes choose to transfer care during pregnancy.  We will discuss your plans for a
homebirth and evaluate your pregnancy history.   Transferring care is quite simple.   We request your
medical records from your
OB and your care continues with us.

Q:  Do you accept insurance?
A:  We do accept insurance.  Each plan is different.  We suggest that you contact your insurance
carrier to find out what your "out of network" maternity benefits are.  If you have coverage, we can
calculate your financial portion.  We use a billing agency specializing in homebirth and midwifery care
and coverage.  

Q:  What if I don't have insurance?
A:  We offer a substantial cash pay discount.  At your initial visit, we arrange a payment plan that is
comfortable for you.  Most clients make  monthly payments with everything paid in full by their due

Q:  How safe is out of hospital birth?
A:  Studies have shown that homebirth and birthcenters are safe alternatives.  Worldwide, 80% of all
births are attended by midwives.  Normal healthy pregnancies and births are safely attended by
trained midwives..  Recently the British Journal of Medicine published a report on the safety of
  Homebirth Study

Q:  What about medical backup?
A:  We have a working relationship with various physicians and nurse midwives in the valley. If you
needed to transfer care during pregnancy or labor we would refer you to one of our consulting ,
doctors or nurse midwives.  We also work with holistic practitioners, chiropractors, acupuncturists,
massage therapist, reflexologists and naturopathic doctors, should you need or request a referral.  

Q: What if a transfer to the hospital becomes necessary?
 As midwives, we are required to transfer care in an emergency.  We are fully trained to stabilize a
medical situation until  help arrives.   You will be transported  by ambulance to the closest hospital. We
will make every effort to accompany you to the hospital and stay with you throughout your time there.

Q: What types of people choose homebirth and why?
A:  There are a wide range of women who choose natural birth at home.  There are those who choose
homebirth because they want the freedom to decide how and where they will birth.  Couples who
choose homebirth  are educated and have learned through research, that birth is a normal and safe
process  Many families choose homebirth because they wish to  welcome the newborn into their
family without the need for separation of other family members.     We have clients from all
backgrounds, professions, alternative lifestyles, religions and  personal beliefs.   

Many celebrities are also choosing homebirth.  Take a look....!

Q: How does someone train to become a midwife?
A: There are different paths to becoming a midwife.  Some students apprentice train  while others
attend a
MEAC accredited midwifery school.   The process may take 3 or more years to complete.  A
CPM is a national certification which requires successful completion of both a written and practical
skills exam through the National Association of Registered Midwives
(NARM).   A CPM credential is a
requirement for midwifery licensure in most US states.  Arizona has recently become a CPM state.    
Arizona midwifery licensure requirements

Q:  What is the difference between a licensed midwife, registered midwife, documented midwife,
certified nurse midwife, certified professional midwife and other titles?
A:  There are different titles to identify homebirth midwives, RM's, DM's etc.  A certified professional
midwife requires successful completion of both a written and clinical skills exam.   CNM's are nurses
and usually work in a hospital or birth center setting.    
Midwifery Licensure by State

Q:  Where can I learn more about the Arizona Midwifery Laws and midwifery training requirements?  
**Arizona has recently revised its laws for midwives.  Please check the website below for the most
current updates.
Arizona Department of Heath Services

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