1. What will my prenatal care be like?
2. What will my birth be like?
3. What will my early parenting be like?
4. Home Birth or Birth Center? Why would you choose one over the other?
5. What are my responsibilities if I choose to have my baby at home or at the birth center?
6. Do you take insurance? What are your fees? What about the birth certificate?

1. What will my prenatal care be like?
Friendly, warm, accepting, your care will include the services listed under midwifery care. However that is just the beginning of the experience with my practice, together we will work to make your pregnancy and birth, feel supported, and nurtured. Each visit will last about an hour, family members and older siblings are welcome.  I work with you to design a plan for care that is individually tailored for you and your family. I see my clients in my office in either Hayward or Oakland, and in your home for the 36-week prenatal visit.
2. What will my birth be like?
Powerful, strong, challenging, each mother and new family has a unique birth. As a midwife I will be there to encourage, guide and assist you, I work with a team of trained birth attendants and together we will monitor the health and welfare of you and your baby and provide quality experienced care your birth, and the hours immediately following the birth.
3. What will my early parenting be like?
Rest, nurse, Rest, Rest nurse, change a diaper, nurse!!! You will receive several midwifery homevisits during the first 2 weeks, where we will assess breastfeeding, conduct well baby care, new mom care, and newborn screenings. At about 4 weeks and 6 weeks we will see you again at the office for postpartum well women visits.
4. Home Birth or Birth Center? Why would you choose one over the other?
I offer the option of having your baby at home or at Bay Area Midwifery, a Community Wellness and Birth Center (2800 Park Blvd, Oakland Ca 94610), the only freestanding birth center in the East Bay. There is a facility fee to birth in the birth center. Some women need a place to go to have their baby, a cave, or separate space that is just for birthing. Others feel most comfortable in their own home. Sometimes the decision is purely practical, you live with roommates that are not comfortable with homebirth, or you feel your space is not suitable for a homebirth.
5. What are my responsibilities if I choose to have my baby at home
or at the birth center?
To communicate clearly with me, and the other midwives that work with me. To gather information about birth, including taking a childbirth class if it is your first birth. To learn about breastfeeding and newborns. To read all of the materials that are in your welcome packet. To be an active participant in your care.
6. Do you take insurance? What are your fees? What about the birth certificate?
Because I work with clients from a variety of backgrounds and who have a wide variety of resources from private insurance to HMOs and Kaiser, I tailor my fees to each client. Please call to make an appointment to discuss my services and fees. I do work with a medical biller to assist you in being reimbursed for your midwifery fees. You can visit www.slb-billing.com to verify your insurance benefits. I also assist with the paperwork for the birth certificate and give you instructions for registering the birth and getting the social security card.