A midwife is just as safe as a hospital birth. She will use less interventions such as Pitocin induction, IV, episiotomies, vacuum extraction, epidural anesthesia, artificial rupture of the membranes, fetal monitoring, forceps, and Cesarean section. She knows and uses natural methods of easing labor. Using a midwife as a caregiver means having a trusting, caring relationship. You will not have to wonder who will be your doctor at your birth. The same person who cared for you during your prenatal period will be with you at your labor and birth, and will also help you through your postpartum period. She will make every effort to give you the birth that is best for you and your baby. She will be with you throughout your labor, not just there for the birth. "A midwife is your friend for life."
I serve approximately a 50-mile radius from my home town of De Leon in Comanche County, Texas. The Stephenville to Brownwood area is pretty indicative of my area. I will consider caring for people farther out than this, depending on my client load, how many other clients are due in the same time frame, how fast your previous labors have been, etc. There will be an adjustment in my fee to cover extra mileage (more than 50 miles) in these cases.
Currently, I am working part-time as a staff midwife out of Family Birth Services in Grand Prairie, Texas, in addition to serving my local clients. So if you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, you would also be part of the area that I serve.
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I consider the first few weeks of pregnancy crucial for making sure that
your eating, resting, and exercising habits are what they need to be.
Also, check out this link for the Brewer Diet, an excellent diet from
which I took my "basic diet" below.
I consider that you need to see your caregiver fairly early in pregnancy, at about 10 weeks after your last menstrual period. At that visit, you will give me your medical and gynecological history, we will listen to your baby's heartbeats for the first time, and I will perform a blood draw, among other things. This first appointment will last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
You won't need many things for a home birth. Midwives keep things beautifully simple! You will have two options:
I will furnish you with a supply list which you can use to purchase the supplies you will need, or you can order my customized birth kit from a supplier.
I do indeed! E-mail me and I will send you a list of people who have said that they will be a reference for me anytime!
For complete prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care, the current fee will be going from $3000 to $3500. Also, the nonrefundable deposit will now be $400. For more information on what the fee covers, see "How I Work," at left.