Frequently Asked Questions
About Our Comprehensive Prenatal Care
Prenatal Visit Schedule:
We can learn a lot about your health from your blood & urine. We offer blood work & lab services throughout your care, including :
Informed Choice provides you with current, evidence-based information regarding specific tests, screenings or treatments. We explain the benefits and risks, your options, and answer any questions you may have. We also encourage further research on your own, if need be. The purpose of these forms is to provide a full spectrum of information to assist you in making decisions about the health care of you and your family.
Informed Choice is an integral part of midwifery care as it empowers you to make educated decisions regarding your health care. Informed Choice complements your intuitive wisdom about your body and baby with the latest in evidence-based information to help you make considered, informed choices.
The following are examples of Informed Choice forms that we routinely give to women in our care.
For the mother:
For the newborn:
Nutrition is the most effective tool you have to grow a healthy baby, prevent deficiencies in your own body, alleviate discomforts of pregnancy, and build the energy reserves you need for labor, birth, and breastfeeding. As part of your routine prenatal and postpartum care with Nest Midwifery, we will help you assess your dietary choices and offer suggestions to optimize your health and the health of your baby.
We charge $3600 for your complete care - prenatal, on-call time, labor & birth, and postpartum care.
Yes, we accept insurance, including the OHP open card. Every insurance company and plan is different, so you'll want to do some research to find out how much yours will cover. We can help, give us a call.
For more details, see our Financial Agreement here.
About Our Mindful Labor & Birth Care
The details of postpartum care with us:
We routinely assess the health and well-being of both mother and child throughout labor and birth. On occasion, challenging health situations develop during this process. Our role as midwives is to fully share the information we have concerning your health and/or the health of your baby, then answer your questions and discuss treatment options as needed. Nest Midwives may administer herbal and homeopathic treatments, IV therapy, oxygen, and certain pharmaceutical drugs (primarily to control excessive bleeding). We are trained in both Maternal and Neonatal CPR and the treatment of shock, dehydration, and hemorrhage. If you need to transport to a hospital, we accompany you and remain with you during the birth, as your doula and advocate. In the rare event of a medical emergency, Nest Midwives assist in transporting mom and/or her baby to a nearby hospital by ambulance for more extensive medical care.
View our Birth Supplies List here.
You will see that some supplies are required and some are optional, some can be bought, some can be made, and many items you already have around the house.
You can rent a birth tub from Nest Midwifery for $50.00. This fee includes the use of the tub for labor/birth, cleaning, takedown and removal of the tub. It does not include the one-time liner, hose, and faucet adapter you will need. For more info on those items, see our Birth Supply List.
About Our Postpartum Care
You can expect to be tired and sore, and will find that resting in bed with your baby will speed healing, encourage frequent nursing, and help you get to know your baby. During the first week you will bleed pretty heavily and will notice that your breasts will transition from producing colostrum to regular breast milk. You will need your partner, friends or family nearby around-the-clock during the first week to cook, clean, care for other children, and help with caring for the baby. We will be available to you by phone for questions, and a Nest Midwife will come to your home at 1 day, 3 days, and 1 week after your birth to assess your health and the baby’s health, assist with breastfeeding, and to help support your blossoming family.
The short answer is YES! We are available to you by phone and will certainly see you in person when needed. The health and well-being of mother/baby is very important to us. We do ask that you call with regular questions during normal business hours but we know that sometimes the most pressing questions occur in the wee hours of the night.
“Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child.
She must be found and stopped.”
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