At MidValley Birthing Services we specialize in personalized maternity care for women looking to give birth outside of the hospital. We provide complete care for women throughout their pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. This includes access to all routine laboratory testing such as blood work, genetic screening, ultrasound and other screening tests offered throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. The prenatal care follows the routine prenatal schedule, consisting of visits once per month until 28 weeks, twice per month until 36 weeks, and weekly until the birth of your baby. Postpartum follow up includes home visits at one day, three days, one week, two weeks and six weeks. We provide routine newborn care during this time, and offer Vitamin K, eye prophylaxis and the newborn screening test. We also offer water birth and have several tubs we loan to clients free of charge. We are happy to serve clients seeking a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). The out of pocket cost for a client without insurance is $4500, but as licensed midwives we are able to bill most insurance companies, including OHP.
What makes care with us different than routine obstetrical care? When you choose us as your care provider you will have 24/7 access to your midwife throughout your pregnancy and postpartum period. No triage nurse line, no after hours answering service, and no waiting hours hoping someone will return your call. Your prenatal visits last 45-60 minutes each, allowing ample time for all your questions and concerns to be addressed. The entire appointment is spent with your midwife, allowing you to build a trusting and personal relationship with the care provider who will be attending you in labor.
What happens if something goes wrong? Every expectant parent worries about their pregnancy, birth and newborn, and want a care provider who can reassure them when things are normal, and act quickly when things are not. Midwives are highly skilled in supporting normal physiological birth, and are trained to recognize situations that fall outside of those parameters and manage those situations quickly and safely. Both of our midwives hold both the national certification (Certified Professional Midwife) which is granted by the North American Registry of Midwives, and a state license (Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife) which is granted by the Oregon Health Licensing Authority. As licensed midwives we have access to oxygen and resuscitation equipment, a variety of prescription anti-hemorrhagic medications, IV equipment, numbing medication and suturing material. These things combined with personalized continuity of care, fewer interventions and our wide range of experiences makes for a safe and satisfying birth experience.
Research also supports the safety of out of hospital birth. A 2012 study that looked at the outcomes of 16,924 planned home births showed that 94% of those women had spontaneous vaginal births, 89.1% of those occuring at home. Only 4.5% of women required Pitocin or an epidural, and only 5.2% required a cesarean birth. 86% of newborns were still exclusively breastfed at six weeks. All of this was achieved without an increase in adverse outcomes. This and other studies show that home birth is not only safe, but highly beneficial for most women.
We are always happy to answer your questions, and provide a free one hour consultation. It is important to us that you feel comfortable with your choice of provider, and want you to have all the information before making such a big decision. Give us a call today and meet us, have your questions answered and see if we are the right choice for your family!
Birth Doula Support
We enjoy supporting families who may need to birth in a hospital setting or have chosen the hospital as their birth place and desire a natural birth.
When you hire one of us as your doula, you will benefit from our experience and training as both doulas and midwives. Our midwifery training informs the suggestions we give, whether it’s fetal positioning, maternal comfort, or helping labor progress. We are also able to provide you with information on tests and procedures during both pregnancy and labor.
We have attended births at Lebanon Community Hospital, Albany Samaritan General Hospital, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Salem Hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Stayton and Silverton Hospital; we are happy to support you at any area hospital.
Birth Doula Package – $800
The birth doula service package includes:
- Two in-home prenatal meetings to discuss your preferences for birth, work on birth plan, talk about & practice comfort measures for labor.
- One prenatal visit to meet your midwife or OB and go over your birth plan.
- Continuous support from the onset of labor until 2 hours after the birth.
- A discount on placenta encapsulation services.
- One postpartum home visit to discuss your birth experience and adjusting to life with baby.
- Six weeks of round-the-clock breastfeeding/postpartum/newborn consultation by email or phone.
Postpartum Doula Support
As your postpartum doula, we do whatever you need so that you are able to best enjoy and care for your new baby. Our role changes from day to day, as the needs of your family change. We offer both daytime and nighttime support with infant care, emotional and informational support, babywearing education, breastfeeding support, sibling care, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, home organization, errand runs and safety education. Our goal is to promote your bonding with your new baby while helping to create a sense of balance during the new family’s recovery.
Postpartum Doula Packages
- Welcome Baby – 4 hours of doula care to ease your transition home. $100
- First Week Home – 12 hours total, 3-4 hours a day. $300
- Gentle Transition – 24 hours total in the first two weeks. $570 (5% savings)
- The Fourth Trimester – 60 hours of doula care in the first 3 months.
- Includes a mom’s morning out or date night for parents. $1425 (5% savings)
- The Overnighter – 24 hours, 3 8-hour overnights $540 (10% savings)
Placenta encapsulation has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. There are many benefits to placenta encapsulation. Your placenta contains your own natural hormones. When encapsulated and taken during the postpartum period it helps to balance your hormones, replenish lost iron, lessen postpartum bleeding, increase energy levels, increase breast milk supply, hasten the return of your uterus to its pre-pregnancy state, and help decrease postpartum depression. It also can be used to lessen PMS symptoms once your cycle returns, and has also been shown to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. This is a service we provide regardless of where a woman is planning to deliver. If you did not birth with us, we will make arrangements to pick up your placenta from your place of birth and will deliver it to you at home once completed. The fee is $175, with a $25 discount for midwifery clients. This includes your placenta capsules, a cord keepsake and a print of your placenta.
Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful thing, but sometimes it can be hard work too. We have extensive breastfeeding experience and are happy to provide lactation services to women, regardless of where they gave birth. You can be seen in your home or at either office location. We will chat a little about your pregnancy and birth, how breastfeeding is going and any concerns you have. We will examine and weigh your baby and evaluate for things like tongue and lip tie. We will discuss strategies for overcoming hurdles your are facing and ways to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals, whatever those may be.
Initial Visit: 90 mins/$150
Follow Up Visit: 60 mins/$75
Reduced rate for clients qualifying for OHP: $60/initial visit and $40/follow up visit