Can I use my insurance for a home birth?
Yes, you can. Depending on your health insurance policy, some do cover out of hospital midwives. If you are wanting to use your health insurance you will need to fill out a verification of Benefits form. You can call or email your midwife for this form.
Who will I see for my prenatal care, and how often are my visits?
Your prenatal visits will be with the midwife you hire. Most visits last from thirty minutes to an hour. You will see your midwife once a month until you are 28 weeks. Then you will see your midwife every two weeks until your 36th week. During your last month of pregnancy, you will see your midwife every week until your baby is born.
Who can I invite for prenatal appointments?
You are welcome to bring whoever you like. Children are encouraged to join and participate in the family event.
Do I need to see a doctor during my pregnancy?
You are not required to see a doctor during your pregnancy, and it is very rare for a woman to need to do so. If a doctor visit becomes necessary there is a back-up doctor available for referrals. He is also available for transfer of care if needed.
What lab work is offered?
Your midwife will give you informed consent for all lab work and procedures that are offered. She will discuss the pros and cons of each test, you may consent, or decline, any of the tests offered.
Tests that are offered:
Initial lab work: Complete blood count (CBC), blood type and Rh factor, rubella titer, syphilis screen, hepatitis titer, and HIV. Chlamydia and gonorrhea screening are also offered.
20 weeks: Ultrasound Evaluation
28 weeks: Gestational glucose Screen to screen for gestational diabetes and CBC.
36-37 weeks: Group B Strep Culture and CBC, as indicated.
Additional lab work will be offered if medically indicated throughout your pregnancy, and will be discussed with you at that time.
Two newborn metabolic screening tests will be offered to the infant with the first 72 hours after birth and at 2 weeks postpartum.
6-8 weeks postpartum pap smear
What classes are offered at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center?
We will have the following classes available throughout your pregnancy: preconception classes, early pregnancy and nutrition classes, prenatal yoga classes, Holistic Moms Network meetings, breast-feeding classes, and childbirth education classes. These classes will be geared towards preparing couples for an unmedicated birth and equipping them to make informed decisions regarding their care.
Private classes are also available at your home within the Dallas/Forth Worth metroplex or at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas for an additional fee for parents with special scheduling needs or if mom is on bed rest.
How long will I stay at the birth center after I give birth?
If you choose to deliver at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center, you and your family will be discharged within two to twelve hours after you give birth. If you or your baby were not stable by twelve hours postpartum, you would be transferred to the hospital for continued care. This would be very rare. Most families are ready and prefer to go home by two to four hours postpartum.
How long will my midwife stay with me after my home birth?
If you choose to have a homebirth, your midwife will stay with you and your family for approximately two to three hours after your baby is born. In selected circumstances, your midwife or birth assistant may stay longer.
Can I eat during labor?
Yes, we encourage eating. Labor is a lot of work and you need food for energy.
What happens after the birth?
Your baby is given to you immediately following the birth for skin to skin contact and bonging. You will never be separated from your baby. We will give Dad the option of cutting the cord. We will give an herbal bath for mom and baby and a full newborn assessment.
The metabolic screening is done with-in the first 72 hours and again at 2 weeks after birth. A comprehensive assessment of the newborn’s well being at each postpartum visit, including breast-feeding assessment, weighing, measuring, and a head to toe assessment. The baby’s records can be faxed to your baby’s care provider upon request.
How do I get in touch with my midwife after hours?
Midwives are on call 24 hours a day. If you need to speak to your midwife on an urgent matter after hours, you may call her cell phone. If it is not an emergency, please call during normal business hours from 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m.
If you have any other questions or concerns please contact Sarah Jones. If you are looking for midwives in Dallas/Fort Worth you can contact Sarah Jones or view other midwives available in the metroplex at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.