Ask the Midwife

1. Is it safe to have my baby at home or in a freestanding birth center?
2. Do you accept insurance?
3. I am currently seeing an OB for my prenatal care. Is it too late to transfer care?
4. Who can be at my birth?
5. What happens if there is a problem during my pregnancy or birth?
6. Do you offer Water Birth?
7. Will I have the same midwife throughout my care and my birth?


Is it safe to have my baby at home or in a freestanding birth center?
The best evidence available shows that out-of-hospital birth with a trained midwife is as safe or safer than hospital birth for low-risk, healthy women. Furthermore women report greater satisfaction with their care and birth with fewer interventions. Here are some links to evidence based research discussing the safety of home birth and birth center births.

Kenneth C Johnson, Betty-Anne Daviss. Outcomes of Planned Home Births with Certified Professional Midwives: Large Prospective Study in North America. BMJ 2005;330:1416 (18 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7505.1416

Janssen PA, Saxell L, Page LA, Klein MC, Liston RM, Lee SK. Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician. CMAJ 2009; 181(6-7):377-383.

Hutton EK, Reitsma AH, Kaufman K. Outcomes associated with planned home and planned hospital births in low-risk women attended by midwives in Ontario, Canada, 2003-2006: a retrospective cohort study. Birth 2009; 36(3):180-189.

de Jonge A., van der Goes BY, Ravelli AC, melink-Verburg MP, Mol BW, Nijhuis JG et al. Perinatal mortality and morbidity in a nationwide cohort of 529,688 low-risk planned home and hospital births. BJOG 2009; 116(9):1177-1184.


Do you accept insurance?
YES! We are some of the only midwives around who are IN-NETWORK with many well known providers including: Aetna, Cigna and United. Please call to confirm your coverage.


I am currently seeing an OB for my prenatal care. Is it too late to transfer care?
NO! It is never too late to choose the right birth and provider for you and your baby. While it is preferred to get to know each other and develop a relationship before the birth of your baby it is almost never too late to switch care. Contact Kim to set up a consultation.


Who can be at my birth?
There are no restrictions on who you choose to attend your birth. If you choose to birth at the birth center in Fort Worth there is plenty of room for extended family and friends, whether it is in the birth room or in our comfortable waiting area.


What happens if there is a problem during my pregnancy or birth?
Midwives specialize in normal pregnancy, labor, and birth. We focus on creating healthy women and families to prevent complications. We have relationships with Ob/Gyn doctors and can discuss complications and transfer high-risk clients on the rare occasion that this is needed. During birth we carefully monitor both the mother and baby. If we sense the potential for a complication, we do not hesitate to transfer care to the hospital. Our goal is a healthy mom and a healthy baby. We would never jeopardize safety to have a birth center birth. We are trained to recognize and manage emergencies, should they arise. The Birth Center is directly across the street from Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth and just down the road from Harris Methodist Hospital and Cook’s Children’s Hospital.


Do you offer Water Birth?
YES! My clients love to labor and birth in the water. Water is known as the “natural epidural!” Please read more here on the benefits of laboring and birthing in the water.


Will I have the same midwife throughout my care and my birth?
YES! I am your care provider through your entire pregnancy and will be the head midwife attending your birth. I will also have a midwife assistant attend your birth who you will likely meet sometime during your care. You are welcome to call, text or email me with any concerns you may have during your pregnancy. Continuity of care is very important to me as a midwife. I look forward to getting to know you and want to walk with you on this journey every step of the way!
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