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Frequently Asked Questions

As an autonomous person you can do whatever you want when it comes to your choices for pregnancy and birth. However, we, as licensed providers, do not have that same freedom. We are licensed to care for pregnant people that are within our scope of practice. Our scope of practice is limited to normal, healthy, low-risk pregnancies. If you have risk factors when you begin care with us or if you develop risk factors during pregnancy you may need to consult with a physician to continue care for us or you may need to transfer care entirely to a physician.

  • Home-Birth Package  –  $8500
  • Prenatal & Postpartum Care Only – $6500
  • Montrice Service Only – $2500
  • Maternity & Montrice Package – $7500

These are the full out-of-pocket fees prior to any discounts or prorations.

Yes, we accept Sunshine Health & Humana medicaid plans. While these plans cover a percentage of the essentials of maternity care they do not reimburse us for the entirety of our services. So as a way of ensuring sustainability while accepting medicaid we charge an out-of-pocket fee of $2500 for non-covered services. The non-covered service fee is due by 36 weeks gestation. If this fee is a barrier to accessing midwifery care, please contact the office directly.

We are not currently in network with any insurance companies. However, most plans do cover home-birth and you may be eligible for a reimbursement from your insurance company after your claim has been submitted. For details regarding your specific coverage please ask us about completing  a Verification of Benefits.

You may have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) at home with a licensed midwife if you have been determined to be an appropriate TOLAC (trial of labor after cesarean) candidate by a physician. We schedule a consultation between you and an obstetrician specializing in maternal-fetal medicine to review your history, assess your current pregnancy, and discuss the risks and benefits of VBAC. If you meet the criteria of TOLAC you may continue under the care of your midwives.

The current available research supports planned home-birth for women who meet low-risk criteria, who are cared for by qualified midwives, and who have access to safe and timely transport to a hospital. Additionally studies have confirmed that among low-risk women, planned home births result in low rates of interventions without an increase in adverse outcomes for mothers and babies. 

If there is any point during your labor, birth, or immediate postpartum care that your midwives believe it is medically necessary for you and/or your baby to be under the care of a physician, we will initiate a transfer of care to a previously agreed upon hospital. If the situation is urgent you/baby will be transported by EMS. If the situation is non-urgent you will be transported by private vehicle. If you choose to go to the hospital for pain-management we will facilitate the transfer of care and a midwife will remain with you for support if possible. 

Licensed Midwives (LM) are Direct-entry Midwives, meaning that they are trained as midwives without having to become a nurse first. In Florida, Licensed Midwives are fully autonomous and provide full-scope maternity care for low-risk people and collaborative care with obstetricians for people with risk factors. LM are not required to have any practice agreement with a doctor. Their practice is governed under F.S. 467 and Admin. Code 64B24. Florida licensed midwives meet their communities’ needs in a variety of settings: clients’ homes, birth centers, clinics, and hospital facilities. In collaboration with a physician they may also provide care for people whose pregnancies require medical supervision.

A birth doula is a professional support person trained in the needs of a person during pregnancy and childbirth. A doula offers support, guidance, evidence-based education and practical hands-on support during childbirth including comfort measures. A birth doula does not provide medical care, clinical tasks such as cervical exams or checking fetal heart tones. 

Yes! We happily facilitate water or land birth. We do not provide water-birth supplies. Many garden-style bathtubs are large enough for giving birth in and require no other supplies. If you want or need a portable birth pool you are responsible to rent, purchase or borrow the pool and supplies. We do carry a pump to drain the pool. You may email birthpoolrental@gmail.com for more information on birth pool rentals in our area.

A safe, clean environment, a birth-kit, and your support team. We will provide you with a list of recommended supplies to gather together in preparation for your birth.

Our office is located at 1616 Jork Road, Unit 301. Jacksonville, FL 32207

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