Frequently Asked Questions
What is midwifery care like? How is it different from my OB?
Midwifery care is quite different than a visit to your OB. Our appointments generally last anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, which allows plenty of time to ask all of your questions. We take the time to really understand what is going on with you, your baby, your family and your pregnancy. We offer resources such as reading suggestions, referrals to classes and other providers.
Another cornerstone of our care is informed choice - we offer the same standard of care when it comes to labs, ultrasounds, and procedures that you would get anywhere else, but shared-decision making is what sets us apart. We fully support and respect your decisions, knowing that you are the best and final expert on your body and your baby.
We are continuously keeping up to date on evidence based research, while maintaining perspective and remaining humble. Although we help guide your journey, you are in charge.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for out of hospital birth?
The majority of people are considered low-risk and a good candidate for out-of-hospital birth. To learn more about the safety of birthing out of the hospital, check out this research study conducted by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), which confirms the safety for low-risk families who choose to birth at home with a Midwife.
Do you take insurance?
We are currently not in contract with major medical insurance. We give all our clients itemized, coded receipts that they can use to submit to their insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. As fully licensed and insured medical providers, you are likely to have our services applied to your deductible at minimum. To find out what your insurance plan will cover you will need to call your insurance representative and ask what your coverage is for an out of network provider providing home birth services and midwifery care.
What supplies do you bring to the birth?
Click here to explore tools in your Midwifes' bag!
Will labs and ultrasounds be covered by insurance?
Your insurance will cover labs and ultrasounds the same as with any other provider since these are not billed directly through Full Circle Midwifery but rather billed through the lab and imaging service. There are some insurance companies that will cover a portion of Full Circle Midwifery’s care. However, reimbursement is unreliable for midwives and may take months. For this reason, regardless of insurance coverage clients will still be required to pay the midwifery fee throughout their pregnancy. Full Circle Midwifery will then bill the insurance at 6 weeks postpartum and will reimburse the clients whatever the insurance company pays minus a $100 billing fee. *For clients who have no insurance Full Circle Midwifery includes standard OB labs in the total self-pay cost.
What about Healthshare plans?
Healthshare insurance plans such as Liberty Healthshare and Christian Healthshare usually always pay 100% of the fee.
How do you monitor the health of baby and mom during pregnancy?
The foundation of prenatal care is preventative care. We support you to make the healthiest and best choices possible to help keep your pregnancy low-risk. Additionally, we recommend standard of care lab tests and a mid-pregnancy ultrasound. We monitor the baby's heartbeat and growth throughout the pregnancy. We monitor your blood-pressure and other vital signs at every visit. Because our prenatal care is based on relationship building and listening, we are often able to catch issues before they become major problems.
We recognize that pregnancy and birth are unpredictable and stay vigilant to any developing problems or concerns. If additional tests or consultations are needed, we have relationships with other providers, imaging centers and labs.
How do you make sure we are safe and healthy during labor and birth?
During labor the midwives will monitor the baby's heartbeat frequently and discreetly. We work to keep you and your uterus hydrated, fed, and rested while also checking vital signs periodically. We have a Midwife and trained birth assistant at every birth. We follow our carefully researched and frequently re-evaluated protocols to make sure you stay low-risk and safe for out of hospital birth.
Should a transfer of care become necessary - and it sometimes does - we aim to have easy, quick and seamless transfers to the nearest hospital.
How will I cope with labor?
One of the benefits about having a midwife for your first unmedicated birth is that we have helped hundreds of people do this. We have trust in you, your body and your baby, and we have skills to help. If there is one thing we know, it is that you can cope with the discomfort of normal labor. We require childbirth education classes for first time parents so that you are more prepared and confident.
What do you do if there is any emergency in labor?
We are trained to handle obstetric emergencies and have strict protocols in place to keep both mom and baby safe. We maintain and practice Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and CPR. While it is our goal to anticipate a problem before it becomes an emergency, if emergency medical care is needed, we will activate EMS and accompany you to the hospital.
Do you offer VBAC?
Yes. I offer prenatal care only for VBAC, with planned delivery in the hospital.
Although it is legal for licensed midwives to offer VBAC at home in the state of Florida, I do not offer it.
Good prenatal care, adequate nutrition, and mental/emotional/spiritual preparation for labor and birth will help you prepare for your VBAC.
I recommend that all mothers, but especially VBAC mothers, seek out a supportive community of other pregnant women. There are other woman walking the same path, connect!
Find your local International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) chapter! They do wonderful work through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
Can I switch to Full Circle Midwifery if I am already in care with another provider?
Absolutely! Please contact us to discuss details.
When should I start prenatal care?
You can start anytime! We love to see you starting in the first trimester, specifically by your 12th week gestation. This will give us plenty of time to build a trusting relationship.
Can I eat and drink in labor?
Yes! We encourage it. Your uterus is a muscle! it would be a disservice to not allow you to refuel as you work hard to birth your baby.
Who can come to my birth?
You can have whoever you want at your birth, its YOUR birth. Some people like to give birth in complete privacy, while others want their mom, sisters, cousins, a doula, a photographer, oh and their kids too! Whatever you want is fine - we adapt to you. However, birth is not a spectator sport, and who you allow in the room should understand that. We encourage each person you invite to have a specific role.
Can we do delayed cord clamping?
We do not clamp or cut the cord until you are ready, unless there is an indication to. Read more about delayed cord clamping here and why it is such an important physiologic process.
Can I have a doula?
Yes! We love doulas. In fact, we offer a discount for people who hire a doula. Contact us for more information.
Are there any local classes you recommend?
Yes, check out our community resources page.