Evidence-based practice

Evidence-based practice includes three key components 

  1. research-based evidence,
  2. clinical expertise (i.e., the clinician’s accumulated experience, knowledge, and clinical skills), and 
  3. the patient’s values and preferences.

It is about making use of the best available information to answer questions in clinical practice and to help patients make decisions about their care in the light of their personal values and beliefs.

My Chart

Our practice utilizes Clientcare which is an electronic health record (EHR) which is secure and HIPPA compliant. As a client of My Mindful Birth, you have access to your chart via the ClientCare App portal and can view your lab results, ultrasound reports, financial statements and exchange messages with us. When we come to your home for a home visit or for the birth, we can review your chart and document our visits. If the need arises for a medical consultation with another provider, we can fax your record to our consultant(s) for them to review the information immediately. We also fax a copy of baby's chart to the pediatrician you selected prior to baby's first newborn visit. 

What is a doula?

Doulas provide continuous labor support to the laboring woman by offering massage, warm or cool compresses, suggesting changes in position, assisting with physical support for different labor positions, walking with a laboring woman, providing hydration and snacks and offering words of encouragement and support. Sometimes, just being there with a laboring woman can be enough to provide her the comfort she needs. These makes it less likely for a woman to request pain medication or need medical interventions.  

Doulas are independent contractors and their fees are not included in our global fee. Ask us for our list of do

Do insurances cover homebirth?

My Mindful Birth has package plan for both Homebirth that include your prenatal care, labor, delivery, postpartum and newborn care.

Will my insurance cover homebirth?

There isn’t an easy yes or no answer, since it depends on the plan you have. Our midwives are considered out-of-network providers and will be covered based on your out-of-network benefit levels.

My Mindful Birth provides insurance billing services to make billing and insurance reimbursement smooth and easy. Many insurance plans cover a portion, if not all, of the costs of having a home birth. We contracted with Larsen Billing Services to handle our insurance billing. FOr a small fee, Larsen can verify your benefits with your insurance. By asking very specific questions about your plan, we can get a better estimate of what costs you can expect your insurance company to cover. My Mindful Birth works with families to make affordable payment plans that are unique to each family’s financial situation. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) generally can be used to pay for midwifery services. Most often, even paying 100% out-of-pocket for your home birth is less expensive than the out-of-pocket costs for a hospital birth after insurance processes the claim and you pay your deductibles.

Health Sharing Plans

We do work with several health sharing plans including Samaritan Ministries, Liberty HealthShares, and Medi-Shares.

Safety of homebirth

For women with normal, low-risk pregnancies, research shows that a planned home birth with a midwife is as safe as a hospital birth. In fact, recent studies show that women under the care of CNMs have substantially lower rates of intervention, including epidural, episiotomy, vacuum extraction, forceps-assisted delivery and cesarean sections. Throughout a woman’s pregnancy her midwife evaluates her well-being and determines if home birth is right for her. Homebirth isn’t always the safest option for all women. Some women have pre-existing conditions that put them in a higher risk group, eliminating the home birth option.

During labor, the midwife monitors the mother and baby closely and respond promptly to any deviations from normal. With careful attention, many complications can be avoided. Of course, birth is dynamic and complications can arise without warning. For this reason midwives maintain training in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), as well as other skills to manage complications should they arise. When a situation requires hospital transport, our care and attention remains constant while including the help of additional healthcare providers. The overall goal is for you to have a safe and satisfying experience.

What equipment do we bring?

We bring with us IV fluids and anti-hemorrhage medications and a number of other emergency medications in of hemorrhage. We have rinary catheters, foley catheter bag, sharps container, syringes, needles, sutures and sterile suture kit, sterile speculum and additional sterile instruments, sterile towels, sterile 4×4 packs, sterile and clean gloves, Hibiclens, bulb syringes, cord clamps, amnio hooks, sterile birth kits, flashlight and a headlamp. In my birthing tool bag, I carry a variety of herbs, essential oils and some homeopathy remedies. I also have a heating pad and a cold pad.

In a separate bag, I put the equipment that I use at a home visit. I have all the material to draw blood if needed.