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Benefits of Community-based

Midwifery Care

Hour long, client-led prenatal appointments
Laboratory testing
Family-centered, kind, respectful care
Shared decision making
Labor/Birth/Immediate postpartum care in the comfort of your home
Water birth available
Decreased rates of epidural use, episiotomies, cesarean birth


Delayed cord-clamping

Immediate skin-to-skin with newborn

Postpartum home visit at 24 hours

Continued breastfeeding support

Higher rates of reported positive birth experiences

24 hour availability at 37-42 weeks

Referrals available for ultrasounds, doulas, childbirth educators, placenta encapsulation, maternal-fetal medicine

Collaborative care with other Maternal Health Care providers

What is the value of Community-based Midwifery Care?

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For the Birth Partner


Community based 

Midwifery Care

Vaginal delivery: 93.6%

Induction: 4.5%

Cesarean Birth: 5.2%

Preterm Birth: 2.5%

Low Birth Weight: <1%

VBAC rate: 87%

Breastfeeding at 6 weeks: 98%

Source: mana.org 

National

 Averages

Vaginal Delivery 49.2%

Induction 21.1%

Cesarean Birth: 32.2%

Premature Birth: 9.6%

Low Birth Weight: 8%

VBAC rate 11.3%

Breastfeeding at 6 months 25%

Source: birthplacelab.org 

Cost ​in Washington state

Hospital vaginal birth with insurance: $6,408

Hospital vaginal birth without insurance: $11,769

Cesarean birth with insurance: $9, 338

Cesarean birth without insurance: $16, 439

Community-based birth: $4,500

source: fairhealth.org 

Safety​

We carry:

Oxygen

IV fluids

Postpartum hemorrhage medications

Trained

Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Neonatal resuscitation (NNR)

Birth emergencies (Shoulder dystocia, surprise breech, hemorrhage) 


Is community-based birth safe?

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