What is a midwife?

A Midwife is trained in providing care for healthy individuals during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Most midwives are trained to provide well-baby care for the first six weeks of life. Midwives believe that pregnancy and birth are normal and healthy life events. Decisions are made by a process called shared-decision making, which involves lots of information, education, and taking into account the person’s individual beliefs and values.

What are prenatal visits like with a midwife?

Prenatal visits with a midwife typically last at least 45 minutes. During visits there is plenty of time to ask questions, talk about self-care and eating healthy food, and learn lots of information about child birth, breastfeeding and local resources. Partners and children are encouraged to participate.

What are some reasons to use a midwife?

Midwifery care results in lower overall medical costs and improved health outcomes in healthy, low-risk populations (if you’re not sure whether you are in the low-risk category, we can help you figure it out). This includes:

  • High breastfeeding success rates

  • Low c-section rates (midwives have a cesarean rate of about 5% compared to Ohio’s average cesarean rate of 30%)

  • Low rates of preterm birth and low birth weight. That’s right. Midwives spend a lot of time listening to people’s stories and talking with people about stress-reduction and wellness.

  • High rates of normal vaginal delivery without the use of forceps, vacuum, or episiotomy

What about medical insurance and payment plans?

Midwifery care costs only a fraction of OB care and birth at a hospital. The cost for our services includes all of your care during pregnancy, labor and birth, and six weeks of postpartum. Each insurance plan is unique and therefore differs in reimbursement. We work with a professional insurance billing company to ensure your out-of-pocket costs are as low as possible. Payment plans and sliding scale service costs are also a possibility, so don’t be discouraged from calling if you think a homebirth may be out of your reach.

Can I give birth in the water?

Absolutely! We provide tubs for labor in water.

What is a doula?

A doula is a trained and experienced companion who provides the mother and partner with continuous emotional support, comfort and assistance in obtaining information before, during, and after childbirth. Doulas are trained in providing non-pharmaceutical pain relief through massage, acupressure, breathing and relaxation techniques and position changes. Postpartum doulas provide care to a family with a newborn baby.

Studies show that those who have doula attended births are:

  • 26% less likely to give birth by cesarean section

  • 41% less likely to give birth by vacuum extraction or forceps

  • 28% less likely to use any analgesia or anesthesia

  • 33% less likely to be dissatisfied with or negatively rate their birth experience

When mothers have a doula present, they report a less painful birth and delivery. Additionally they have much higher breastfeeding success rates.

Sometimes couples going to the hospital aren’t aware Labor and Delivery nurses are busy with patient clinical care and therefore are often limited in their ability to provide physical or emotional support.

What is a monitrice?

A monitrice is a clinically trained birth professional who provides monitoring services in the home, for women who plan to labor at home, but deliver in the hospital.

The role of the monitrice is to ensure the process of labor moves along within safe parameters by checking maternal vital signs, hydration levels, and progress, upon request or at regular intervals. She also performs clinical monitoring of the baby by listening to and interpreting baby heart tones on the handheld doppler, through intermittent auscultation. She will assess well-being and progress and communicate with the family. If a health condition arises, the monitrice will communicate these issues to the family and assist them with the transition to the hospital.

Midwife, Monitrice, or Doula? How do I decide?

If you’re not sure which option is best for you, call us at 513-399-7263 for more information or to set up a free consultation.