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Phoenix Home Birth offers home birth midwifery to the greater Phoenix Metro area, including central Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Laveen, Glendale and beyond. In-home prenatal visits with your midwife, home birth, water birth, prenatal and postpartum care all offered on a sliding scale fee.
When you choose a midwife, you are choosing a provider who believes that individualized, compassionate care is the key to a healthy pregnancy and birth. The relationships we have with our clients are built on mutual trust and respect, and special care is taken to ensure that we have the opportunity to develop this bond during pregnancy. In this way, midwifery care is quite different than the typical obstetrical model. Below you will find a brief overview of the services we provide to our clients throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum time.
Comprehensive Prenatal, Labor, and Postpartum Care
Home birth midwifery care for pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum is offered as a complete package on a sliding scale based on yearly income. See the chart below.
The Total Fee includes all services outlined below excluding labs, ultrasounds, and birth supplies. Any consultations with other providers that may become necessary during the course of the pregnancy are also not covered.
A non-refundable deposit of 20% of the Total Fee is due at our initial visit. The remaining balance must be paid by the beginning of your 36th week of pregnancy and can be paid by monthly payments. Payments may be made by cash, check, or credit card, including HSA accounts. At this time, Phoenix Home Birth does not accept insurance.
We are currently accepting clients in the greater Phoenix metro area. Clients living outside the service area highlighted below may be required to pay an additional travel fee of 10% of their total fee (based on the sliding scale model).
Your prenatal care will begin with a two-hour initial visit during which we will discuss your medical and pregnancy history, draw necessary labs, review your diet and activity level, discuss your wishes for your pregnancy and labor, and review informed consent documents and scope of practice guidelines.
Your prenatal visits take place in the comfort of our office, and are 45 minutes to one hour long, allowing ample time us to get to know each other. At each visit, your midwife will assess your general health and the well being of your baby, along with your emotional health, feelings about the pregnancy, and address any questions or concerns you have. If you have a partner, they are encouraged to attend our visits, and children are always welcome. Prenatal visits are scheduled as follows:
- Monthly visits from the time we establish care until 28 weeks of pregnancy
- Bi-weekly visits from 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy
- Weekly visits from 36 weeks until the birth of your baby
During your 36-week visit, we will visit you at home to review the supplies you have gathered to make sure you have everything you need for the birth. I encourage you to have your whole birth team present at this visit, including your partner, doula, or other support people.
Labor, Birth, and Immediate Postpartum
During your labor, your midwifery team will continually assess the well being of you and your baby, monitor your labor progress and provide physical and emotional support. Once your baby is born, your midwifery team will remain with you until you and your baby are stable and have established breastfeeding, a minimum of two hours.
During your first week postpartum, your midwife will visit you in your home on day one and day three, and in the office at one week postpartum. During these visits, we will assess your physical and emotional health, assist with breastfeeding, examine and weigh your baby, and discuss any questions or concerns you might have. We will schedule a three-week postpartum visit if necessary, and our final visit will take place at six weeks.
At any time during your pregnancy and postpartum period, your midwives are directly available to you by phone, text, or email. We respectfully ask that non-emergent questions be saved for regular business hours. However, if you are concerned about something, we want to know about it! Your well being and safety is our utmost priority.