What is a midwife?
A Certified Nurse Midwife is a skilled health care provider who exemplifies professional, personalized family-centered care. Midwives have extensive training and examination for licensure that focus on maintaining health and helping women make informed decisions about their health and maternal needs. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) primarily attend births in hospitals and birth centers, as well as the occasional home-birth.
Midwives believe in facilitating natural childbirth whenever possible. Midwives take the time to carefully monitor the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother, as well as providing emotional support, and will help you make choices that are best for you during labor and postpartum.
Why should I choose a birth center?
Research shows that being taken care of by a midwife, and giving birth outside of a hospital:
- Makes it less likely you’ll have a cesarean section.
- Makes it less likely you’ll have an induction, have an episiotomy, or need forceps or vacuum to deliver your baby.
- Makes it more likely baby will breastfeed well.
Most importantly, for normal healthy low-risk pregnancies, giving birth outside of a hospital with a midwife has been shown to be as safe as having a baby in a hospital while providing a more pleasurable birth experience.
What is physiologic birth?
Physiologic birth is the support of labor and birth as a normal process that requires little intervention. Our trained doulas will provide labor support to the birthing family and act as advocates for their birth desires. Our certified nurse midwives act as guardians of the birth space within the context of safety. We will make every effort to honor the wishes of the laboring woman while ensuring that both she and her baby are safe. We believe labor and birth are to be supported, not managed.
What is a doula?
A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. A doula is a crucial part of a woman’s natural childbirth plan. Unlike the Nurse Midwife, whose job is to make sure that both mother and baby are healthy throughout labor, delivery and after birth, the doula’s focus is on supporting the mother through her journey. Doulas know several diverse ways to help clients relax and refocus during labor and they work hand in hand with the nurse midwife to help the client achieve the childbirth experience she desires.
Can I bring my own Doula?
We encourage our patients to seek Doula help with labor and delivery. Research has shown that having a Doula’s support during labor will decrease the need for medication, decreases the time in labor and spent pushing, and decreases tearing and/or the need for an episiotomy. A Doula overall, helps decrease the stress and anxiety of labor for both the mother and her partner which in return will reduce a woman’s chance of needing a c/section or operative delivery.
Do I qualify for birth center care?
If you are a healthy woman having a normal pregnancy and desiring a natural birth, then midwifery care may be the most appropriate choice for you.
YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A BIRTH CENTER DELIVERY IF:
You are pregnant with only one baby
You have never had a c-section or surgery that caused a scar on the uterus
You have never been diagnosed with a uterus malformation such as bicornuate uterus
and You have a body mass index of 40 or below
What insurances are accepted at Empowered Pregnancy?
Currently we accept coverage from the following insurance providers:
- Athena Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Coordinated Care
- First Choice
- Kaiser Permanente
- Moline Health Care
- Premera Blue Shield
- Regency Blue Shield
- Tricare Healthnet-West
- United Health Care
CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE AGENCY IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR COVERAGE, AS SOME POLICIES DIFFER.
What happens if at any time it becomes unsafe for me to deliver at the birth center?
If at any time during labor it becomes unsafe for mother or baby to continue delivering at the birth center there are protocalls in place to ensure smooth safe transitions to a higher level of care in the surrounding area.
If there are any changes during pregnancy that make it unsafe for mom or baby to delivery in the birth center we have providers Empowered Pregnancy can refer you to or you will need to choose a new provider.