FAQ

How safe is it to give birth at home?

That’s probably the most common question we hear! The first thing that we do for safety is to carefully screen all women during their prenatal care. In this way, only the very healthiest of women start out their labor at home. Out of these low-risk women, anywhere from 85-90% will give birth at home without complications that require transfer. The remaining 10-15% of low-risk women will be transferred for a variety of reasons. The great majority of transfers are not emergencies.

Who does a home birth for me?

Trained and experiences midwives will attend your birth with their assistants.

I don’t have emergency stuff at my house. Do I have to buy all that? What do you do about that?

You will be asked to order a small birth kit from preciousarrows.com. We will bring our kits that contain oxygen, medications, instruments, baby scale, herbs, essential oils, and other tools and equipment for safe birth outside the hospital.

What if there is an emergency?

If there are emergency complications during your labor or birth, we will immediately call 911 and transport you to the nearest hospital that has maternity care. If your baby is having problems we will call 911 or if there is time we can take the baby to the nearest hospital that has a full NICU.

How do you know my baby and I are okay?

During labor we will be checking your blood pressure, pulse and temperature and listening to the baby’s heartbeat at frequent intervals with the Doppler. After birth we will be checking both you and your baby frequently. If any of these vital signs are abnormal, you and/or your baby will be transferred to the hospital for higher risk care.

How do I know my pregnancy is normal?

During your prenatal care course you will have blood tests, an ultrasound and glucose testing. We will also be checking you at routine prenatal care intervals to make sure all is well. Your visits will be monthly until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until the baby is born.

What if I don’t want to have any lab tests or glucose test or ultrasound?

Every woman has the choice to decline testing. I, however, need to be able to document that you are low-risk and that your baby has no major birth defects that mean you should give birth in a hospital. If you choose to decline all testing, then you will not be able to birth at home with Canyon Midwifery.

What if I want a water birth? I just have a small tub in my house!

One of your options at preciousarrows.com is to include a birth pool and liner with your order. You will also need the RV hose and faucet adaptor to fill the pool in your house or apartment. It is also possible to rent birth tubs online. Keep in mind that although many women initially plan to give birth in a tub or pool, only about 30% actually deliver in the water for a variety of reasons. Think about that as you are considering the costs. Many women just use their own shower or tub during labor and find it very helpful for comfort. You don’t necessarily need lots of special equipment to have a great birth!

Does a doctor come to my house?

No, you will be attended by the midwife and her assistant. Her assistant might be another midwife, an OB nurse or a trained and experienced birth assistant.

Does my house have to be perfectly clean for me to have a home birth?

Every home is different and every family has a different style of daily life. We will give you an instruction sheet about preparing your home and we really expect just the basics of home safety and cleanliness.

How long do you stay at my house?

We will be with you continuously when you are in active labor. Active labor means at least 5 cm of dilation with very frequent contractions. If we come to check you and you are in early labor (less than 5cm) we might go home and return when your labor is more active. After the birth, we stay about 2 hours to make sure you and the baby are recovering normally. If needed, we will stay longer. Plus we are always available by phone.

I have pets at my house. Is that okay?

That depends on the type and number of pets. If you have large or aggressive dogs you will need to put them in another room. If you have a lot of cats, we may not be able to take care of you due to severe cat allergies. Reptiles and snakes will need to be in their habitats. Call if you have other specific questions about your pets.

Does my insurance cover my birth at home?

That depends on what your insurance is and exactly what your benefits are! Each employer picks a certain plan for their employees. Some have high deductibles and high co-pays. Others have very little. I am contracted as in-network with some insurance companies, but whether or not they will cover you for out-of-hospital birth depends on your specific plan. At Canyon Midwifery you will need to pay for your birth services up-front. After your birth we will give you an itemized statement to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

What is a doula? Do I need to hire a doula for home birth?

A doula is a professional labor support person. The word doula means “woman caregiver” or “women’s servant.” Doulas are trained to give continuous support to the couple throughout labor and birth. She may also bring labor tools to the birth. Some doulas also provide childbirth education and breastfeeding support. Some are postpartum doulas who help care for the entire family after the birth. The doula does not provide any medical care. In a home birth setting, your midwife will often provide this ongoing support and care. If you think you may need or want this extra support, go to the DONA International website for more information.

How safe is it to give birth at home?

That’s probably the most common question we hear! The first thing that we do for safety is to carefully screen all women during their prenatal care. In this way, only the very healthiest of women start out their labor at home. Out of these low-risk women, anywhere from 85-90% will give birth at home without complications that require a transfer. The remaining 10-15% of low-risk women will be transferred for a variety of reasons. The great majority of transfers are not emergencies.

I don’t have emergency stuff at my house. Do I have to buy all that? What do you do about that?

You will be asked to order a small birth kit from preciousarrows.com. We will bring our kits that contain oxygen, medications, instruments, baby scale, herbs, essential oils, and other tools and equipment for safe birth outside the hospital.

What if there is an emergency?

If there are emergency complications during your labor or birth, we will immediately call 911 and transport you to the nearest hospital that has maternity care. If your baby is having problems we will call 911 or if there is time we can take the baby to the nearest hospital that has a full NICU.

How do you know my baby and I are okay?

During labor, we will be checking your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature and listening to the baby’s heartbeat at frequent intervals with the Doppler. After birth we will be checking both you and your baby frequently. If any of these vital signs are abnormal, you and/or your baby will be transferred to the hospital for higher risk care.

How do I know my pregnancy is normal?

During your prenatal care course you will have blood tests, an ultrasound and glucose testing. We will also be checking you at routine prenatal care intervals to make sure all is well. Your visits will be monthly until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until the baby is born.

What if I don’t want to have any lab tests or glucose test or ultrasound?

Every woman has the choice to decline testing. I, however, need to be able to document that you are low-risk and that your baby has no major birth defects that mean you should give birth in a hospital. If you choose to decline all testing, then you will not be able to birth at home with Canyon Midwifery.

What if I want a water birth? I just have a small tub in my house!

One of your options at preciousarrows.com is to include a birth pool and liner with your order. You will also need the RV hose and faucet adapter to fill the pool in your house or apartment. It is also possible to rent birth tubs online. Keep in mind that although many women initially plan to give birth in a tub or pool, only about 30% actually deliver in the water for a variety of reasons. Think about that as you are considering the costs. Many women just use their own shower or tub during labor and find it very helpful for comfort. You don’t necessarily need lots of special equipment to have a great birth!

Does a doctor come to my house?

No, you will be attended by the midwife and her assistant. Her assistant might be another midwife, an OB nurse or a trained and experienced birth assistant.

Does my house have to be perfectly clean for me to have a home birth?

Every home is different and every family has a different style of daily life. We will give you an instruction sheet about preparing your home and we really expect just the basics of home safety and cleanliness.

How long do you stay at my house?

We will be with you continuously when you are in active labor. Active labor means at least 5 cm of dilation with very frequent contractions. If we come to check you and you are in early labor (less than 5cm) we might go home and return when your labor is more active. After the birth, we stay about 2 hours to make sure you and the baby are recovering normally. If needed, we will stay longer. Plus we are always available by phone.

I have pets at my house. Is that okay?

That depends on the type and number of pets. If you have large or aggressive dogs you will need to put them in another room. If you have a lot of cats, we may not be able to take care of you due to severe cat allergies. Reptiles and snakes will need to be in their habitats. Call if you have other specific questions about your pets.

Does my insurance cover my birth at home?

That depends on what your insurance is and exactly what your benefits are! Each employer picks a certain plan for their employees. Some have high deductibles and high co-pays. Others have very little. I am contracted as in-network with some insurance companies, but whether or not they will cover you for out-of-hospital birth depends on your specific plan. At Canyon Midwifery you will need to pay for your birth services up-front. After your birth, we will give you an itemized statement to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

What is a doula? Do I need to hire a doula for a home birth?

A doula is a professional labor support person. The word doula means woman caregiver or woman’s servant. 

Doulas are trained to give continuous support to the couple throughout labor and birth. She may also bring labor tools to the birth. Some doulas also provide childbirth education and breastfeeding support. Some are postpartum doulas who help care for the entire family after the birth. The doula does not provide any medical care. In a home birth setting, your midwife will often provide this ongoing support and care. If you think you may need or want this extra support, go to the DONA International website for more information.

How safe is it to give birth at home?

That’s probably the most common question we hear! The first thing that we do for safety is to carefully screen all women during their prenatal care. In this way, only the very healthiest of women start out their labor at home. Out of these low-risk women, anywhere from 85-90% will give birth at home without complications that require a transfer. The remaining 10-15% of low-risk women will be transferred for a variety of reasons. The great majority of transfers are not emergencies.

Who does a home birth for me?

Trained and experienced midwives will attend your birth with their assistants.

I don’t have emergency stuff at my house. Do I have to buy all that? What do you do about that?

You will be asked to order a small birth kit from preciousarrows.com. We will bring our kits that contain oxygen, medications, instruments, baby scale, herbs, essential oils, and other tools and equipment for safe birth outside the hospital.

What if there is an emergency?

If there are emergency complications during your labor or birth, we will immediately call 911 and transport you to the nearest hospital that has maternity care. If your baby is having problems we will call 911 or if there is time, we can take the baby to the nearest hospital that has a full NICU.

How do you know my baby and I are okay?

During labor, we will be checking your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature and listening to the baby’s heartbeat at frequent intervals with the Doppler. After birth, we will be checking both you and your baby frequently. If any of these vital signs are abnormal, you and/or your baby will be transferred to the hospital for higher risk care.

How do I know my pregnancy is normal?

During your prenatal care course, you will have blood tests, an ultrasound and glucose testing. We will also be checking you at routine prenatal care intervals to make sure all is well. Your visits will be monthly until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until the baby is born.

What if I don’t want to have any lab tests or glucose test or ultrasound?

Every woman has the choice to decline testing. I, however, need to be able to document that you are low-risk and that your baby has no major birth defects that mean you should give birth in a hospital. If you choose to decline all testing, then you will not be able to birth at home with Canyon Midwifery.

What if I want a water birth? I just have a small tub in my house!

One of your options at preciousarrows.com is to include a birth pool and liner with your order. You will also need the RV hose and faucet adapter to fill the pool in your house or apartment. It is also possible to rent birth tubs online. Keep in mind that although many women initially plan to give birth in a tub or pool, only about 30% actually deliver in the water for a variety of reasons. Think about that as you are considering the costs. Many women just use their own shower or tub during labor and find it very helpful for comfort. You don’t necessarily need lots of special equipment to have a great birth!

Does a doctor come to my house?

No, you will be attended by the midwife and her assistant. Her assistant might be another midwife, an OB nurse or a trained and experienced birth assistant.

Does my house have to be perfectly clean for me to have a home birth?

Every home is different and every family has a different style of daily life. We will give you an instruction sheet about preparing your home and we really expect just the basics of home safety and cleanliness.

How long do you stay at my house?

We will be with you continuously when you are in active labor. Active labor means at least 5 cm of dilation with very frequent contractions. If we come to check you and you are in early labor (less than 5cm) we might go home and return when your labor is more active. After the birth, we stay about 2 hours to make sure you and the baby are recovering normally. If needed, we will stay longer. Plus we are always available by phone.

I have pets at my house. Is that okay?

That depends on the type and number of pets. If you have large or aggressive dogs you will need to put them in another room. If you have a lot of cats, we may not be able to take care of you due to severe cat allergies. Reptiles and snakes will need to be in their habitats. Call if you have other specific questions about your pets.

Does my insurance cover my birth at home?

That depends on what your insurance is and exactly what your benefits are! Each employer picks a certain plan for their employees. Some have high deductibles and high co-pays. Others have very little. I am contracted as in-network with some insurance companies, but whether or not they will cover you for out-of-hospital birth depends on your specific plan. At Canyon Midwifery you will need to pay for your birth services up-front. After your birth we will give you an itemized statement to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

What is a doula? Do I need to hire a doula for home birth?

A doula is a professional labor support person. The word doula means woman caregiver or women’s servant. Doulas are trained to give continuous support to the couple throughout labor and birth. She may also bring labor tools to the birth. Some doulas also provide childbirth education and breastfeeding support. Some are postpartum doulas who help care for the entire family after the birth. The doula does not provide any medical care. In a home birth setting, your midwife will often provide this ongoing support and care. If you think you may need or want this extra support, go to the DONA International website for more information.

 That’s probably the most common question we hear! The first thing that we do for safety is to carefully screen all women during their prenatal care. In this way, only the very healthiest of women start out their labor at home. Out of these low-risk women, anywhere from 85-90% will give birth at home without complications that require a transfer. The remaining 10-15% of low-risk women will be transferred for a variety of reasons. The great majority of transfers are not emergencies.