FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I become a client?

1. See your obstetrician and complete your 
initial prenatal exam and labs

 

2. Schedule 30-min consultation with us
(can schedule before OB visit is completed)

 

3. Schedule your initial visit with our CajunStork
and you are officially a client!

Why do I need a consultation?

At the consultation our midwives can help you determine if you are a candidate for midwifery care.You will also be able to receive a tour of the birth center, privately ask any questions you might have and also have an opportunity to discuss your personal financial obligations based on your insurance coverage.

Am I a candidate for midwifery care?

A birth center is a place for low-risk deliveries. Midwives do not practice complicated obstetrics. A client's risk factors will be evaluated by the midwife throughout the pregnancy. Should risk factors change, the client will be given a physician consultation or may be transferred from care. The following is a list of medical conditions which would not qualify for midwifery care.

  • VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section)

  • Epileptics currently on medication

  • Type I or II Diabetics

  • Current addiction to narcotics

  • Confirmed HIV infection

  • Hepatitis B or C

  • Twins or other multiple pregnancy

  • Any pregnancy that will require a c-section for safe delivery of the baby

Other Common Questions

  • Does The Natural BirthHouse take insurance? 
         Yes, we accept almost all insurance plans with maternity coverage! We also accept health sharing companies such as Medishare, Solidarity and Samaritan Ministries.

    Note:We will be covered out-of-network. With our extremely low fees most clients pay equivalent or often even less out-of-network with us in comparison to a much pricier in-network hospital birth. CONTACT US if you would like to determine your potential financial responsibility using your insurance. We would be happy to help!

  • Does The Natural BirthHouse accept Medicaid?
       
    No. Thankfully Medicaid moms can receive ultrasounds, lab work and physician appointments during pregnancy without incurring any charges, however our birth center fees would be charged as a cash-paying client. We do serve Medicaid families who are able to make monthly payments on their birth center fee and/or qualify for our finance option through United Medical Credit.

     

  • Do I need to have a physician to birth with a midwife?

         An initial appointment with an OBGYN and initial lab work is all that is required to transfer to The Natural BirthHouse. Many clients go on to see their OBGYN again at the 20-week anatomical ultrasound, although they can be referred elsewhere if necessary.

  • Does my doctor have to “back up” the midwife or birth center?

    No. Your physician does not have to agree to  “back-up” anyone (ie: be on call just in case you were to need care outside of the scope of the midwife's practice). Many OBGYNs in Acadiana do continue to provide consultation or collaborative care for birth center clients. However, if this is not the case with your physician you can still become a birth center client. We can discuss this more at your consultation.

  • Can I use my preferred OBGYN for the initial visit?

    Yes. We recommend it! Midwives are primary care providers only during pregnancy. You will return to the care of your OBGYN for well-woman visits.

Other Services
Looking for a birth at home?

Our CajunStork accepts homebirths on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise, we have other midwives in the area to provide homebirth. Click here to be directed to the professional members of the Louisiana Midwives Association.

Looking for a doula?​

We LOVE doulas! 

If you are interested in hiring a doula for your upcoming birth, we do host a free monthly Meet the Doulas night on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Click here to learn more about the difference between a midwife and a doula for your upcoming birth

Looking for Placenta Encapsulation? 

Many of our clients do choose to encapsulate their placentas. However, we do not have any Placenta Specialists on staff so you will need to hire your own.

Please contact MotherBirth to find an APPA Certified Specialist. 

Looking for childbirth classes?

Acadiana is so lucky to have a variety of natural-birth classes to offer including Lamaze, Bradley, Comfort Measures and more!

If you have a class you would like to teach at The BirthHouse, we have large classroom space available for rent. Contact us!

PUBLISHED INFO:

A Dutch Study comparing low risk women planning hospital and homebirths. June 13, 2013 “…Others have questioned whether it is wise to routinely recommend hospital births for low-risk women, where they could receive medical interventions they don't need that have potentially harmful effects.” 

Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America

June 16, 2005
“Conclusions Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States.”