Your Questions, Answered
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! You are stronger than you realize. Our experience is that most women, when properly prepared, handle labor much better than they think they will. Our culture has ingrained in women that labor is an unbearably painful event. Many women find that this is not necessarily the case. This is especially true when women are are able to move, eat, drink, sleep, use the tub or shower, and follow the direction that their bodies urge them to go.
Due to safety concerns with medication use for pain control, we do not use them in an out of hospital setting. When pain medications are used, they need to be in an environment that allows for medical intervention to reverse unforeseen adverse effects. Pain medications can introduce a level of risk to the mother and baby that would not be present in a natural labor.
The Colorado Department of Health has set out a list of requirements about who may be eligible for birth with licensed midwives. Issues that may cause a woman to be risked out include, but are not limited to:
- Health issues that make out-of-hospital birth unsafe for either the woman or her child
- Not meeting the requirements for VBAC
- Multiple gestation
- The mental health stability in the mother
- Twins (Multiple Gestation
In an out of hospital environment often times we catch potential problems before they arise, giving us the foresight to change birth locations. However in the event of complications during the birth process, we do not hesitate to transfer to a trusted hospital when addittional medical support is needed to ensure the safety and health of both mom and baby. For birth center births we transfer 1.8 miles from the center and your nearest hospital in the event you are birthing at home.
Yes! We are considered an out of network provider but can often times get most of our cost covered by your insurance company (you may have a co-insurance payment requirement however). You can check your eligibility HERE.
What will my birth partner need to do during labour?
Your partner can praise, reassure or encourage you. Just holding you and keeping eye contact with you can be hugely comforting. This may reduce your anxiety levels and lessen your pain.
Your partner can help you with breathing, relaxation techniques and massage. This will help you to cope with the pain of labor.
He could put the TENS machine pads on you, or help you into comfortable positions. If warmth relaxes you, he could heat up a wheat bag, or help you to use a birth pool, bath or shower. Or you may feel hot and like to have a cool flannel on your forehead. He could also make sure that you have enough to drink, and remind you to go to the toilet regularly.
Midwives have medical training and during the birth process, focus on delivering a healthy baby and continued health of mom. Doula, on the other hand, focus on the needs of the mother, offering mental, physical, and emotional support to them and their partners. A doula can help prepare mom and their partner before active labor begins and helps you know when to call the Midwife!