Is homebirth safe?
Yes! Numerous studies have proven what midwives already know: homebirth is at least as safe - and in some ways safer - than hospital birth. Please read the studies for yourself on our safety page.
Is homebirth legal?
Yes. Each state has its own laws governing midwifery. In Maine, homebirth is currently legal but unlicensed.
Does insurance cover homebirth?
Sometimes. All insurance companies should provide coverage for homebirth as it costs less and provides better outcomes than hospital birth. Unfortunately, institutions change slowly and there are many involved who have a financial stake in ensuring that homebirth is not covered. Please check with your insurance provider to see if they cover homebirth.
What supplies do I need to birth at home?
You need very little. We bring almost everything we need. You will need to purchase an inexpensive birth kit and provide simple household items like towels, baby blankets and clean sheets. You will be provided with a list of these supplies. You do not need a large home either. If you can make a baby there, you can birth a baby there!
What about the mess?
There is usually very little mess. But, we do clean up after ourselves! When we leave your home, there will be no indication that a birth has occurred there - except a new baby! - and maybe some sheets soaking in the washing machine. We want you to feel peaceful and relaxed in a home that is at least as clean as when we arrived.
What about my other children?
Your older children are welcome to attend the birth of their new baby! Children usually handle birth very well if they have been prepared in advance for the sights and sounds of labor and birth. Your children are welcome at your prenatal visits. I will include them and explain what we are doing at an age appropriate level. I do recommend that you have someone come to the birth whose only job is to care for your children. This person should be someone with whom they feel comfortable—a friend, aunt, grandparent, etc. This way, if your child gets uncomfortable, bored or restless, their needs are taken care of too.