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GB Khalsa Midwife

1907 Forestglade Dr, Austin, TX 78745
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GB Khalsa is an Austin-based midwife who has been serving families in and around the area since 1982. She assists clients with home births and provides prenatal and postpartum care, which begins 6 weeks before the birth of the baby and continues until 8 weeks after. All aspects of life are included in discussions while caring for the pregnant person and her family, such as diet, natural solutions for problems when possible, work, sleep, and emotional adjustments. Additionally, GB provides lactation support and newborn craniosacral therapy. She also supports BIPOC families and LGBTQ community members.

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4.6

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Austin Area Birthing Center

Austin, TX 78759
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Austin Area Birthing Center has been providing top-quality services to expectant families for over 30 years. The certified birthing center has three convenient locations and accepts many insurance plans, including Tricare. The company's midwives give mothers knowledgeable, compassionate support throughout the birthing process, and the company offers prenatal medical care, free childbirth classes, classes on topics like breastfeeding, baby massage, and toddler education classes. Customers can contact the company on the website to inquire about pricing and schedule appointments.

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4.8
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4.7 / 5 (7)
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Beautiful Beginning Birth & Wellness Center

Pflugerville, TX 78660
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The caring staff at Beautiful Beginning Birth & Wellness Center is passionate about helping families celebrate new life in a safe, comfortable, and natural way. The company's midwives come to the customer's home or support new parents in the safety of one of the company's warm, inviting birthing suites. Expectant mothers receive full-service prenatal care, complete assistance during delivery, and postpartum care. The company also offers family services like annual checkups for women, infant massage, holistic nutrition counseling, and childbirth classes.

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4.1
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5.0 / 5 (11)
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3.0 / 5 (9)
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Family-Centered Midwifery

Austin, TX 78746
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Family-Centered Midwifery is an Austin private practice company for customers that want to experience the birth process naturally, in the safety and comfort of their homes. The company's owner has helped hundreds of customers deliver new babies without drugs, and provides complete prenatal care to monitor the pregnancy and ensure that mother and baby are healthy. Other services include water birth support, nutritional counseling, feminine heal care, family planning counseling, and gentle coaching to help children adjust to the arrival of a new sibling.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (25)
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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Heart of Gold Midwifery

South Austin Walnut Creek Rd, Austin, TX 78602
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Heart of Gold Midwifery provides midwifery services to clients in the Austin area. Licensed midwife Ulrike Schmidt specializes in home births for low-risk clients, placing an emphasis on whole body health. She provides basic nutritional counseling, routine lab work, and referrals for additional prenatal care. In addition to support before and during birth, Heart of Gold Midwifery handles postpartum care for up to six weeks. The practice offers inclusive care for LGBT individuals.

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5.0 / 5 (16)
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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Julia Bower, CNM

Austin, TX 78704
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Julia Bower, CNM is an Austin midwife with more than 15 years of experience in helping mothers have safe, natural, and drug-free births. The company provides comprehensive prenatal care, including medical checkups, emotional support, and nutritional counseling, and the midwife helps expectant mothers create customized birthing plans for a safe, comfortable experience in the comfort of the customer's home. Postpartum care is available up to eight weeks after the birth to ensure the health and wellbeing of mother and baby.

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5.0 / 5 (8)
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5.0 / 5 (6)
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Laurie Fremgen CPM

Austin, TX 78748
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Laurie Fremgen CPM has been helping new parents enjoy natural home births for over 20 years and strives to give every mother a safe, comfortable, and drug-free experience. Expectant mothers are given caring, knowledgeable care and support through the pregnancy and birth, and the company's certified midwife ensures that every mother receives the medical testing and emotional care needed to make the entire process as healthy and supportive as possible. Customers can call, email, or contact the company on the website for appointments and information.

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Moonstone Birth

Austin, TX 78704
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The owner and midwife of Moonstone Birth has years of experience in helping customers enjoy a natural home birthing experience, and has extensive training from the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. The company provides midwife and doula services throughout the pregnancy and birth processes, and pre-conception counseling and services for customers that want to add a new member to the family. Customers can design an ideal birthing plan, and the midwife strives to provide complete support through labor and delivery.

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5.0
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New Life Birth Services

Austin, TX 78748
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New Life Birth Services is an Austin midwifery company with a team of childbirth experts dedicated to helping make every birth "an incredible experience." The company has been helping new parents for more than 30 years and provides full-service education, screenings, and in-home birthing support and coaching. Services start at $3,000 on a sliding scale, and the company also offers payment plans. Customers can call or use the contact form on the company's website to schedule a complimentary pre-birth consultation.

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4.6
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4.8 / 5 (37)
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4.5 / 5 (34)
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4.3 / 5 (6)
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Patty Sprinkle: Custom Birth Services

Austin, TX 78704
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The owner of Patty Sprinkle: Custom Birth Services has been supporting new mothers for more than 20 years and is committed to helping new parents enjoy a safe, natural birth process in the most comfortable setting possible. The company provides complete prenatal care to monitor the pregnancy, full labor and delivery support, and postpartum checkups to make sure that mother and baby are healthy. Customers can call or contact the company on the website to ask about payment options and schedule a consultation.

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Sisters Midwifery

Austin, TX 78746
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Sisters Midwifery provides complete support for expectant mothers and families and offers a range of services to support parents and newborns. Services include prenatal education and classes on childbirth, nursing, and postpartum care, and customers can experience the childbirth process in the comfort of their homes, with the support of a highly trained and experienced midwife to provide guidance throughout the process, whether customers prefer traditional or water birth. Customers can call, email, or contact the company on the website to schedule a free prenatal consultation.

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4.9
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4.8 / 5 (18)
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5.0 / 5 (11)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Pregnancy is a complicated life event that can be exciting, joyous, scary, and overwhelming. Skilled health care services are essential for pregnant women. You need a professional to guide you through the pregnancy, birth, and prenatal period. Many woman consider using a midwife to provide this care.

If you're considering hiring a midwife, you probably have a lot of questions about what they do, how they can help you, and what type of education they have. Here, you'll find the answers to these and other common questions.

What is a midwife?

A midwife supports a woman throughout her pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and postpartum. Certified nurse midwives may also deliver the baby. They typically help women have a more natural pregnancy and childbirth experience. Midwives may also provide other female-centric healthcare services, such as family planning and routine gynecological care.

How long does it take to become a midwife?

Certified midwives must receive training that’s approved by the North American Registry of Midwives. NARM programs typically take about three years to complete. Candidates seeking higher levels of certification may opt to first earn a bachelor’s degree, which takes three to four years.

What kind of education does it take to become a midwife?

Certified midwives receive training or formal education. The levels of education vary, impacting the type of certification they can attain. There are certified nurse-midwives, certified non-nurse midwives, and certified professional midwives. All certifications require basic training. A bachelor’s degree is required for higher levels, along with midwifery education programs.

How much does a midwife cost?

The flat-rate fees commonly charged for midwife services differ depending upon where you live. However, service packages typically range in cost from $3,000 to $9,000. The fee includes prenatal care, labor and delivery, and post-natal care.

What is the difference between a midwife and doula?

Doulas focus mainly on the mother and her needs to enhance the birthing experience. They provide comfort and emotional support during labor. However, doulas don’t deliver babies. Midwives are healthcare professionals who offer a wider range of services, including gynecological exams. They're also trained to deliver babies.

Can a midwife deliver a baby?

Certified midwives are qualified to deliver babies vaginally. They undergo training and receive education for this purpose, among other related skills training. Healthy moms with low-risk pregnancies are suitable candidates for midwife services. Midwives can't perform cesarean section deliveries.

What qualifications do you need to become a midwife?

Each state has their own laws and regulations governing the practice of midwifery. Some states don’t allow non-nurse midwives to practice at all. Nurse midwives (CNMs) can legally practice throughout the United States. They must be licensed registered nurses with specialized training in midwife services from an accredited program.   

Can you become a midwife without a degree?

Yes. Some midwives have no degree, license, or certification. They’re called lay midwives. They typically learn their skills through apprenticeships and informal training with hands-on experience. Laws vary from state to state regarding lay midwives.

Can a midwife deliver a baby in a hospital?

Some hospitals permit certified midwives to deliver babies in their facilities. It depends on the type of certification the midwife has, the relationship between the medical facility and the midwife, and other factors. Midwife-assisted births are most commonly performed in birthing centers. 

Can you have both a midwife and an OBGYN assist you with the birthing process?

Many midwives work with select OB/GYNs. A midwife often refers their patient to the OB/GYN if they see signs of a higher-risk pregnancy. They may then provide collaborative care. These types of arrangements should be discussed and approved as early as possible in a pregnancy.

Can you go see a midwife if you are not pregnant?

Yes. Many midwives offer family planning services and basic gynecological care. They can perform well-woman checks and annual exams. Certified midwives can also offer health counseling and education, supporting women who are planning a pregnancy. Menopausal management is also available. State laws apply.

Can a midwife prescribe birth control?

Some states allow CNMs to prescribe birth control. This may include traditional birth control pills and medical abortion medication. They can also order tests and prescribe some pain medication and various therapies or treatments. Check the laws in your state for more specific information.

Can you have an epidural with a midwife?

Many midwives focus on natural childbirth with less medical intervention. But, most midwives are perfectly fine with the use of epidurals during labor. Their focus is on what’s best for the mom and baby.

Is a midwife covered by insurance?

Most health insurance policies cover midwife services for pregnant women. There are likely to be stipulations and eligibility criteria. So, review your policy carefully to ensure your chosen midwife and their services meet the criteria.

When should you see a midwife?

If possible, you should choose a midwife before you become pregnant. Then, schedule the first visit before the 10-week mark. Visits are usually scheduled monthly for the first 28 weeks. Frequency increases near the end of the second trimester, and throughout the third trimester.

Can you have a home birth without a midwife?

Yes. But it's not recommended. Complications can occur that put you and your baby at risk. You can still have a very natural and fulfilling birthing experience with a midwife. Do research to find one whose practices are in line with your desire to have minimal medical intervention.

When do you make a birth plan with a midwife?

You should start considering a birth plan as soon as you become pregnant. Then, discuss your options and preferences at the first appointment, so you can develop a plan that ensures you and your midwife are on the same page.

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