Yes! All studies of homebirth with CPMs support that homebirth is safe. The most recent study is detailed in the prestigious British Medical Journal. However, homebirth is not for everyone. Therefore, we offer doula services for those who prefer a hospital setting.
Do you have midwives in your practice that are Licensed to practice Midwifery?
This is a very good question and one that many people do not think to ask. If a person is practicing midwifery without a license, this can have a very negative effect on your birth. Yes! Mary Anne and Celesta are licensed to practice midwifery in the state of Tennessee as a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife). In addition to her midwifery license, Mary Anne is also licensed in this state as Registered Nurse. and as a EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).
What happens if a medical problem arises during pregnancy that is considered high risk for a homebirth?
We have several doctors of consult that work with us and depending on where you live, we would consult with that particular doctor in your area.
Isn’t having a baby at home messy?
No. We clean up any mess that occurs and do laundry associated with the birth and take out any trash. Usually one cannot tell there was a birth except for the beautiful baby present.
What are the most common reasons for transfer to a hospital?
Failure to progress due to exhaustion and the second is to induce labor if the mother’s water had broken and labor has not started after a long waiting period. Neither of these situations would be an emergency transport.
What happens if there is an emergency during labor?
Most of the time we do not have a dire emergency. During labor, in over 24 years, we have transported 16 out of approximately 700 people by ambulance. We are monitoring Mom and baby throughout the process at regular intervals and watch for any signs of impending risk. We carry all necessary emergency equipment to assist us in correcting these impending risks.
What is the first step if I am interested in your services?
Call or fill out a “Contact Information” form on this website to schedule a free (no strings attached) consult in your home. We try to schedule this consult so that any one who is involved with making a decision regarding your birth can attend, i.e.., father of the baby, close friends or other family members.