As you explore the option of giving birth outside of the hospital – either at home or in a freestanding birth center, some questions may arise.  Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you investigate where you want to give birth.

What services do you offer?

Family Birth provides care for the childbearing woman and beyond. This includes prenatal, labor/birth, and postpartum care through 6 months. In addition, well-woman gynecological care is also offered. Many women have used Cyndi for premarital, preconceptual exams; proceeded with her care for their pregnancy, labor/birth and postpartum care; then have used her services on a continuing basis for their well-woman exams. Care for the healthy woman can continue through perimenopause and menopause. Cyndi enjoys this continuity of care immensely.Any laboratory tests, ultrasounds (sonograms), etc. are available through other sources and will be arranged as needed.

Is out-of-hospital birth safe?

Numerous studies have shown that planned out-of -hospital births attended by nurse-midwives – whether at home or in a birth center – are as safe as or safer than hospital birth for healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies. See the Resource link for a list of studies.

Can my partner and I have active control and participation in the birth process?

Good health is promoted by encouraging women to take responsibility for their health and encouraging women to be true participants in their care. You share your goals with Cyndi and together plans are made to help you achieve them.

Are the support and participation of family, including children and friends encouraged?

Family members and friends are more than welcome to come to prenatal visits and participate in your birth -as you need and desire.

Who are the main care providers in this setting?

Cyndi Johnson, CNM, is a certified nurse-midwife with a master’s degree in midwifery and is licensed in the state of Utah to provide care for the healthy woman throughout her childbearing experience and beyond.  Cyndi is nationally certified through the American College of Nurse Midwives.  Although most CNMs work in hospital settings, Cyndi’s experience has been exclusively in out-of-hospital settings.Each family will also have an experienced birth assistant at the birth. A birth assistant is someone who has the skills of a doula; but additionally has the skills to assist the midwife in cases of emergency.  A physician will be available for care in the hospital should the need arise.

Is Family Birth covered by insurance?

Many insurance companies will cover nurse-midwifery services.  Check with your insurance company to see what the coverage may be.  Be certain to ask about reimbursement for a certified nurse-midwife (as opposed to midwife) as CNMs’ services are often reimbursed and at a higher rate than a midwife without those credentials.  Home birth is generally not covered, but prenatal, postpartum and newborn care often are covered.  A global bill with the appropriate codes will be presented after the birth for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement of your payment to Family Birth.