Out of Hospital Birth FAQ’s

Answering Your Questions

Is out-of-hospital birth safe?

That is easily the most asked question for midwives! In a study published in 2003 that compared PLANNED home births with planned hospital births, the answer was without a doubt, YES! “Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2742137/

How do you handle complications?

A certified professional midwife is trained in complications that can happen in birth. We are also trained to help prevent complications no matter you situation, even for a VBAC or HBAC. We carry oxygen, resuscitation equipment, meds, etc with us to every birth. Should a homebirth or birthing center delivery become higher risk, then we accompany moms to the hospital for their births.

How many births have you attended?

Between the two of us, we have attended over 3000 births! Both our midwives, Jennifer Cave and Jennifer Hoadley, are certified professional midwives that serve Anchorage and the surrounding areas and can assist with a waterbirth, homebirth, or birth center delivery. We both have experience offering prenatal care and family planning services, in addition to postpartum care and breastfeeding support.

What does prenatal care with a midwife look like?

While midwives follow a similar schedule of prenatal appointments and offer the same testing as an OB, we bring a much more personal experience to the table. Most appointments last about an hour with ample time to discuss your pregnancy and for you and your partner to ask questions. Our goal is that clients would feel well informed to make decisions regarding their pregnancy, birth and newborn care.

What kind of care will I be offered postpartum?

Typically, we see a mom and baby on the first day after birth and perform routine screenings, including heart screening and Newborn Metabolic Screening. We also provide breastfeeding support to ensure nursing is going well. Midwives’ success rate for mom’s breastfeeding is 98%! We continue with another follow-up visit after your milk has come in as well as a two, four and six-week visit. Should any complications arise, we see you more often.