ArizonaMidwife.com, 602-MIDWIFE (643-9433). We can meet in your home or in convenient offices in both the East and West Valleys.
Call me at 602-MIDWIFE (643-9433)
to book a FREE No-Obligation In-Home or In-Office Consultation, where we will:
- Answer all of your questions about home birth and water birth
- Discuss and plan your ideal birth experience
- Spouses are encouraged -- children are always welcome
What does a midwife cost? First, I believe that everyone should have access to midwifery care, so we offer a variety of levels of service and a sliding scale for low-income families. Our matron/doula fees for planned hospital births with prenatal/post-partum care range from $600 to $1200, and the fees for full midwifery pregnancy, home birth, and post-partum care programs range from $2000 to $3900, depending on financial situation, testing required, and options (water pools, home birth kits, etc). Call me at 602-643-9433, and I can ask a few questions and give you a quote.
Call me anytime for any reason. I make myself available to my clients 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You and your birth are my first priority.
I attended my first birth when I was five years old, the birth of my little brother, and I instantly knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Today, my mother is intimately involved in my practice, writing articles for our websites and assisting at births. I hope you get a chance to meet this inspiring woman. Later, when I started my own family, I used a wonderful midwife in Utah, and she made me believe that there was nothing more important in her world than me and my new baby. That experience more than a dozen years ago inspired me to become part of the growing ranks of healthcare workers who want to provide a much higher standard of pregnancy care, and a more caring, personal and intimate birth experience. Today, I have a broad-ranging birth practice with more than a dozen years as a hospital labor doula and licensed massage therapist providing prenatal and postpartum massage, and now a midwife who has attended hundreds of births, at home, in water, at birthing suites and centers, and in hospitals.
How to choose a midwife? There are only about 100 midwives in Arizona, a small but very busy community that delivers many thousands of babies each year. I know most of the licensed midwives in the state, and I can easily say that I absolutely love everyone who choses this avocation. We support each other, we work in teams, and we back each other up. Therefore, after you ask about credentials and experience and training, I think the most important factor in choosing a midwife is whether your personalities and values click. Some call it chemistry, so when you an interview your midwife, one of the questions I would ask yourself is, "Is this someone I would invite over to Sunday dinner?"
We will be spending a lot of time together during the next year of our lives, so it is important that be both feel "connected." Midwives do not take on the same patient load that an OB GYN typically handles, because midwives tend to spend up to 10 times as much one-on-one time with our patients. When you work with a midwife, we will get to know you intimately, and we do everything personally, all of your prenatal visits, your lab work, your vitals, interviews, including lots of home visits and checkups before, during and after birth. And one of my greatest joys lately is watching some of the babies I have delivered grow up through social media, so please send me a friend request on Facebook.
Due to my training, I tend to be more medical in my procedures and standards than some midwives. I love home birth, and I love the midwifery standard of care, but what I care most about is the safety and health of mom and baby. I don't believe that all babies should be born at home, and I am very comfortable assisting in a birth center or hospital environment, so part of what we will do during our interview (or over the phone) is assess the risk factors of your pregnancy. I believe that low-risk pregnancies often achieve the best outcome with home birth (resulting in near-zero c-section rates, lots of bonding opportunities, family involvement, fewer interventions, etc), but high-risk births should happen in hospitals. If higher risk factors indicate a hospital birth is best for you, however, I can still be there to advocate for you and your birth plan or philosophy, to help you better navigate the hospital system.
Call me at 602-MIDWIFE (643-9433)
to discuss your pregnancy.