The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
I was thinking about what people mean when they compare how much midwives charge with how much local doctors are charging. I think you're comparing apples and oranges!
The bottom line is that most OBs spend about 3 hours face-to-face with each birthing woman, total, including all prenatal appointments, time at the birth, and the single postpartum visit. They don't provide any care for the baby at all, and they certainly don't provide any help with breastfeeding!
Also, their fee is just that . . . their fee. It doesn't cover any facilities fees, i.e. hospital or birth center charges, the services of the nurses or the janitorial staff!
For example, I pay a base of $3200 (herbs and such are extra, as are prescriptions and lab fees). For that I get:
* Services of a Licensed Midwife
On call 24 hours, every day
CNM and MD back up
Hospital birth option; friendly hospital transfer if needed
* Services of at least two of her assistants
Available for support and non-clinical care
* Birth center facilities for prenatal care
Lab work done on premises
Ultrasound done on premises, if warranted/requested
NST on premises and available if warranted
Referrals to childbirth educators, doulas, other complementary pros
Specialized out of hospital birth prep class
Personalized birth plan conference / birth kit
* Educational materials
* Heath/Wellness counseling
Rx meds if necessary
* Birth attendance
Complete labor attendance, up to four hours postpartum (or as needed)
Home or phone visit for immediate postpartum care
Placenta disposal if desired
1 week check up
3 week check up
6 week check up
3 month check up / Pap smear if needed/desired
* Newborn care
Physical assessment at birth, ped consult if needed
Vitamin K administration if warranted/desired
Erythromycin administration if warranted/desired
Cord blood retrieval if desired
PKU sampling if warranted/desired
Check ups with mom's visit to discuss any concerns (most moms have peds)
I'm sure there is more, but this is what I could rattle off the top
of my head.
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