What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
A Midwife is a Primary Health Care Provider who is medically trained in the art of midwifery and women’s health. She is responsible for the care of healthy women during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum time, and is trained to care for the newborn. The midwife is responsible for the safety of mother and baby.
Some midwives also provide family planning, annual exams, and other kinds of well-woman gynecology and health care.
Certified Doulas do not provide any kind of medical care, such as exams or listening to the heartbeat. Like a midwife, a doula provides support for the mother – emotional, spiritual, and physical. She may give back massage, offer nourishment and encouragement, tell mama how well she is doing, and remind her of the things she wants for her labor/birth, while assisting the mother and partner to achieve their birth vision. Birthwell recommends that all women who birth in the hospital do so with the care of a doula.
What exactly is the Midwives Model of Care?
The Midwives Model of Care includes: monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle. providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support…from the MANA website
Does insurance cover out-of-hospital birth?
Yes, most insurance companies will cover nurse-midwives as out-of-network providers. We work with a billing company who will take care of all your billing needs for a $200 fee.
Is homebirth safe?
Yes, evidence shows that planned out-of-hospital birth is safe for healthy low-risk women who utilize a trained and licensed birth professional.
If I have a midwife do I need a doula?
If you are planning a homebirth, it is not necessary to hire a doula although we recommend it if this is your first birth. A doula can be a great asset to the homebirth team and provides support during early labor.
What if I need an epidural?
Our motto at Birthwell is, “Your Birth, Your Way!” We are not attached to where the baby is born. If the mother ends up feeling that she needs an epidural then we go to the hospital. We support the mother in whatever her needs and desires may be without judgement.
What if I need to go to the hospital?
If your midwife determines that you or the baby would be better off in the hospital, then she will call in a report to the obstetrical unit and let them know to expect your arrival. The midwife will accompany you to the hospital and stay with you for the remainder of the birth.
If I have a midwife do I also need an obstetrician?
Midwives are the experts in normal pregnancies and are a low tech, high touch practitioner. They are taught that birth is a normal part of life and trust in the body to do what it’s designed to do. Because a midwife is considered a primary health care provider, it is not necessary to see both a midwife and doctor during your pregnancy if you have a healthy low-risk pregnancy.
How do I know if midwifery care is right for me?
If you are someone who has a lot of questions about your pregnancy and birth and would like to be fully educated then midwifery care is right for you.
For Your Information
“Research shows that OB-GYNs are more likely to use interventions (e.g., epidural anesthesia, episiotomies and instrument deliveries). A 1997 study published in the American Journal of Public Health compared two groups of women with low-risk pregnancies. The researchers found that C.N.M.s used 12.2 percent fewer interventions than physicians. The same study found that the women who saw midwives rather than OB-GYNs had 4.8 percent fewer C-sections. Yet, more importantly, research has also shown that fetal and maternal outcomes are equally good when comparing OB-GYN and midwife births”.