FAQ

What is a midwife?  Are there different types of midwives?
Why choose a midwife?
Is homebirth for me?
What are the visits like?
What happens if there is a complication?
Do you accept insurance?
What if I don’t have insurance?
I’m pregnant and I’d like to start care with you, how can we begin?

What is a midwife?  Are there different types of midwives?
Midwives come from a tradition of healers that support people during the childbearing year, including pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum time. In the modern context, this support includes routine prenatal care, which involves lab-work and checking in with the vitals of both mother and baby. This support also includes listening, providing resources and guidance when needed, and affirming the healthy, beautiful, normal growth of the pregnancy.

In the state of Florida, there are several types of midwives, including traditional midwives, direct entry midwives, licensed midwives and certified nurse-midwives. I am a Licensed Midwife by the State of Florida. For more information on Licensed Midwives please visit http://midwivesassociation.org/what-is-a-licensed-midwife-2

 

Why choose a midwife?
There are many different reasons why you may choose a midwife.  Midwives follow our hearts and a path, the midwifery model of care. Some of the hallmarks of midwifery care include personalized and unique care. We spend time getting to know you, as visits are typically an hour long. It is this time that we share, that helps us build a relationship of mutual trust. Midwives focus on wellness, which includes nutrition, exercise, information sharing, and story telling. Midwives have a holistic approach. We value the power, strength, and autonomy of the women that have chosen us to attend and support them. We believe in you! We simultaneously recognize that pregnancy and birth are normal and healthy processes in our life cycle, as well as a deeply profound, sacred, and intimate rite of passage. Midwives are honored when we are asked to witness and support the birth of new parents and babies.

For more information on the midwifery model of care, please visit http://cfmidwifery.org/mmoc/define.aspx

 

Is homebirth for me?
There was a time when most births occurred at home. Currently, less than 2% of births take place at home. Yet, this number is slowly rising according to a recent study by the CDC. More women are choosing homebirth.

If the following statements resonate with you, then, yes! homebirth can be for you.

·  You are healthy and have had a healthy pregnancy.

·  You have a strong intention to labor, birth and meet your baby in a safe and familiar environment.

·  You want to have a natural birth with minimal and unnecessary interventions.

·  You want to have a supportive environment, including the presence of your partner, family, and support people during your labor, birth, and postpartum time. (You don’t need a lot of space to have a baby at home! )

·  You want the baby to stay with you in the immediate postpartum time- the golden hour.

Please visit the Birth Stories section to read about homebirth experiences. 

What are the visits like?
Prenatal consultation visits are typically one hour long, and include the gathering of the mother and baby’s vitals. This includes blood pressure, weight, urinalysis, and fetal heart check. Depending on the gestation of the pregnancy, we may do blood work and lab-work. Most of our time is spent checking in with you- directly asking you how you are feeling and taking the time we need to answer questions and share information.

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What if there is a complication?
One of the hallmarks of midwifery care- is holistic and preventative care. This helps minimize complications. Should a complication arise during pregnancy, labor, or postpartum, we can work with our one of the members of our back-up medical team, which includes several obstetricians. This is something that we discuss during our prenatal time together, and we mutually create a back-up emergency plan that you will receive a copy of at 36 weeks. If we need to transport to the hospital during labor, then the midwife will go with you to ensure a smooth transition.

Do you accept insurance?
Yes! Amma Midwifery accepts Medicaid and most private insurances. You can verify your private insurance benefits with our billing company.

What if I don’t have insurance?
I offer flexible payment plans and sliding scale as needed.

I’m pregnant and I’d like to start care with you, How can we begin?
I offer a complementary interview visit (also called a consult visit) before we start care, so that we can learn more about each other. You can have all of your prenatal care with a midwife, and we can start in your first trimester. If you are transferring care from another provider, I can request records with a signed medical records release form from you.

To set up an appointment, call (305) 310-3710. I look forward to meeting you!