FAQ about birth, prenatal care and postpartum care

newborn exam
How much does it cost?
I have of course found that the majority of people have no idea of the cost of midwifery care or the amazing bargain they are getting when they choose this one-on-one, tailored to your individual needs, collaborative care.  My base package price is $4000 and I do offer a discount for early pay or handling your own insurance billing.

What is included in your basic package price with Wildflower Midwifery?
The price includes up to 15 regular prenatal visits, use of an inflatable birth tub, labor, birth and immediate postpartum care for mom and baby, birth assistant fee, and up to 4 postpartum visits. Home visits are scheduled for 36 weeks and the first two postpartum visits are in your home. Due to a generous grant from Little Hearts I offer free congenital heart disease screening for babies born with Wildflower Midwifery.  Following the birth there is a complete examination of the newborn and commemorative foot prints completed. I also file your birth certificate information and social security card request. I serve clients in Minnesota for a birth within 100 miles of my home in Zimmerman.

Can I get ALL my visits in my home with Wildflower Midwifery?
Yes!  I still offer all in-home visits for those living within 50 miles of Zimmerman.  There is an additional fee of $250 for this convenience.

What is not included in the package price with Wildflower Midwifery?
The price does not include laboratory testing, any referred services (such as ultrasound or care by other providers including a hospital transfer if necessary), home birth kit (about $50), disposable pool liner, additional fees for twins,childbirth classes, infant hearing screen and metabolic testing and any medications administered to baby.  Placenta encapsulation is not included but is an available service provided under separate contract at a lower rate for Wildflower birth clients.

What happens next?
If you are interested in a home birth and want to meet with me, please send me a message through my contact page or give me a call.  We can chat and discuss a meeting time and place for a no obligation interview.  Interviews usually last from one to one and a half hours and are available in day or evening hours. If we decide to work together I will ask you to sign a contract and provide a $500 deposit.  I take a small number of clients due each month and your deposit ensures you a place.

What is a first appointment like?
At your first appointment we will go over your health history including any previous pregnancy and delivery.  We will discuss your current pregnancy symptoms and how it has been going to this point.  We will complete any remaining paperwork and I will do a keep-your-clothes-on mini physical.  If you are 10 weeks or more we can listen to baby with the doppler.  If you choose to use the fetascope only, we can hear baby after 20 weeks. I will also do your initial blood draw for the OB panel which includes blood type, rubella status, HIV, Hep B, Syphilis, CBC,and antibody status. If you desire a water birth, Hepatitis C testing will be completed as well.  We will discuss nutrition and exercise and I will answer any questions you have. The first appointment usually lasts about one and a half hours.

Where do you see clients?
I have offices in Zimmerman and St. Cloud (inside the For All Maternity store).  I also offer all in home visits if you reside within 50 miles of Zimmerman.  Currently I do visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Currently accepting clients with due dates after November 15, 2018. Please look to mfmidwifery.org or minnesotamidwives.org for additional homebirth midwife options.

taking baby's footprints
 
baby footprints for keepsake
Footprints are placed on a commemorative birth certificate.
care in the comfort of home

Baby's heel is warmed to help with blood flow for the metabolic screening test.

snuggle with baby