Yes! The evidence has shown that for low risk women, who have received prenatal care and have a trained attendant at their birth, home birth is absolutely safe and they have fewer surgical interventions, infections and more. Midwives are trained to continually assess a client's well being to maintain the safe low-risk status throughout pregnancy and labor. In the event that something arises and a transfer of care is needed - whether prenatally or in labor or postpartum - Rachel has been fortunate to have wonderful transporting relationships with hospital based providers. For more information please see: the Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives and the Midwives Alliance of North America.
How much does it cost?
The North Country Midwifery maternity care package is $4,000. This includes 9 months of prenatal care, continuous labor and birth support and 6 weeks of newborn and postpartum care. Prenatal and postpartum visits are done in your home and typically last one hour. Rachel is on call for you 24/7 over the entire course of your care. All labwork is done by Rachel and can be billed to insurance.
Can I have a doula?
Absolutely! Whoever you would like to be at your birth and you are comfortable with may be there. Midwives often work with doulas and enjoy the collaboration of birth professionals.
What is Rachel's education?
Rachel completed her midwifery education at Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton Maine. The three year academic program included a year a half long internship that Rachel chose to do at two home birth practices and one birth center in the Minneapolis area. After graduation from Birthwise Rachel completed her midwifery certification exam through the North American Registry of Midwives and obtained state licenses in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. She maintains certificates in neonatal resuscitation and adult CPR.
Is home birth messy?
Not really! You will receive a "birth kit" at 35 weeks gestation that contains gloves, absorbent pads and other useful items for your birth. Your birth team will clean up anything that needs attention after your baby is born and take out the trash (usually just one bag!) and start any loads of laundry as needed.