The Village Midwife
offers a standard homebirth package listed below.
The Standard Homebirth Package includes:
~ Unlimited Prenatal Appointments in the Office
~ Initial Gestational Diabetes Testing
~ Hemoglobin Testing
~ 5 Weeks of 24/7 Call Time (when the team is on call for your labor)
~ Home Labor Support
~ Immediate Postpartum Care
~ Newborn Exam
~ Breastfeeding Advice and Support
~ Postpartum Homevisit
~ Unlimited Phone and Email Contact
~ Filing Of Birth Certificate and Social Security Card for Baby!
Extra Costs Not Included in Standard Package:
Waivers are available for tests you choose to decline after careful consideration.
~ Prenatal Blood Work
~ Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Screening
~ Group B Strep Testing
~ Repeat Gestational Diabetes Testing (if needed)
~ Pap Smear
~ Additional Lab Work (if needed)
~ Biophysical Profile or Non-Stress Tests
~ Birth Supplies
~ Birthing Tub
~ State Mandated Tests for Baby
~ Physician/Hospital/Ambulance Fees if Transport is Necessary
~ Supplements (iron, evening primrose oil, red raspberry and such)
When your contractions begin or your bag of water breaks you should contact me. During early labor you might want to have a doula to help you or you may choose to have private time with your partner or family (and just keep in touch with me as things progress).
You may have anyone you desire at your birth, including siblings, friends, and family. I encourage you or your partner to be the one to “catch” the baby.
Once the baby is born, he or she goes directly into Mom’s arms. There is usually no rush to clamp or cut the umbilical cord.
I’ll help mother and baby with initial breastfeeding and give your family time to bond.
After the birth, I make sure you have something to eat, examine you and the baby, and assist in the clean up process. I stay as long as is needed after the birth (at least 2 hours) to be certain both mother and baby are stable.
I’ll explain what to expect after birth and am available 24 hours a day to address any concerns that may arise. I will file the paperwork for your child's birth certificate and Social Security Number.
Jeni Rector, LM, CPM is a Virginia Medicaid provider. Payment plans are available for those in need. Major credit cards are accepted via Paypal, with an additional 4% service fee.
Waterbirth and hydrotherapy are encouraged during labor. 85% of our ladies
use some form of hydrotherapy. I am experienced with waterbirth from both
inside and outside the tub.
Some frequently asked questions:
Is the tub too heavy for a
No, weight is not a problem in any normally sturdy building. Most concerns
about weight (such as pianos and waterbeds) is that they are a long-term stress
on the structure. Birthing tubs are a very short-term stress.
How big is the
The AquaDoula is
54" diameter, 24" deep, 175 gallon capacity, with
How long does it take to set up the
For someone who has actually read through the instructions carefully, it takes
about 30 minutes to set up. Time to fill it with water depends on your
water pressure, water temperature and water heater capacity.
How much space does it take up when
not set up?
The AquaDoulas come in plastic containers so that you can keep everything in a
safe and handy place.
should I put it?
That is completely up to you. Some things to consider are privacy,
temperature, sturdiness of the floor, and the floor covering (carpet vs.
non-carpet, such as tile or linoleum - non-carpet is usually colder, but
waterproof, although that's not usually an issue if you place a tarp under the
tub). If you're planning to give birth in the tub, it is important for the tub
to be accessible from all sides - ideally, leave a space of 2-3 feet all around
the tub. If you're planning to use the tub for labor only, it can be placed
somewhere with more limited access. Make sure you like the location before
filling the tub!!
How do I fill the tub?
FIRST, make SURE that you DO NOT have the heater
plugged in UNTIL the water level in the tub is above the top of the heater.
If you don’t do this, you WILL melt the liner and the heater OR cause a fire.
SECOND, start filling the tub with straight hot water from the faucet. Once the water runs cool, turn it
off and wait for the water heater to recover. Once the water heater has
recovered, start filling again. You want to keep the temperature of the
water at around 100 degrees F. Once you get it filled and at the desired
temp, plug the heater in. Place the black foam cover over the top to keep
the water warm and protected.
LASTLY, DO NOT use any electrical appliances while you are laboring in the tub!