FAQ

How do I know if midwifery care is right for me?

How is midwifery care different from obstetric care? 

What if I already started care with another maternity provider this pregnancy, but want to switch to a midwife? 

What if I used IVF to conceive this pregnancy? 

What if I gave birth in a hospital with my previous baby? 

How is a birth center birth different from a home birth? 

Do you accept my health insurance? 

Is it safe to have my baby at home or at a birth center? 

Do midwives carry medications?

Is home birth messy?

How long after my birth will you stay at my home or at the birth center?

Who will be at my birth?

What if I used IVF to conceive this pregnancy?

If you are otherwise healthy and conceived your current pregnancy using IVF or other assisted reproductive technology, then you are likely a great candidate for midwifery care! Usually, people who conceive with IVF transfer into midwifery care once they are done being seen at their the fertility clinic. Get in touch to learn more!

Can I switch my care to a midwife?

It is quite common for people to start their pregnancy care with an obstetrician and decide later in pregnancy that they would prefer a birth center or home birth with a midwife. If your pregnancy thus far has been generally healthy, then switching care to a midwife is likely an option for you.

What if I gave birth in a hospital with my previous baby?

It is very common that people who gave birth in the hospital with their first baby desire something different with their next. They may desire a more intimate setting, or less pressure to perform testing during pregnancy or undergo medical interventions in labor. Tidelands is very happy to work with pregnant families who gave birth in a hospital last time!

Who will be at my birth?

The safety of you and your baby is of primary importance. For that reason, Katherine always brings with her a second fully trained midwife to assist as needed during the birth of your baby. The second attendant is called once the birth of your baby draws near.

Do midwives carry medications?

Yes, midwives carry both routine and emergency medications for mothers and newborns. They also carry other emergency equipment including IV fluids, medical oxygen, and newborn resuscitation equipment.

Is home birth messy?

Many people wonder what having a birth in their home actually looks like–Is it cluttered? Messy? The answer is that while home birth does require some extra supplies (including towels, baby blankets, and an *optional* labor tub), it does not leave your house messy.

How long do you stay?

We leave your home only after ensuring that both you and your newborn baby are transitioning normally, have breastfed successfully, and are healthy, stable, and ready for a nap. Typically, this means that we stay at your home about 3 to 4 hours after birth.