FAQ

Can I get an epidural or other pain medication in labor?
What if you are not available when I go into labor?
Will I also see a doctor during my prenatal care or birth?
Do you take insurance? Can I afford a midwife?
Where will I deliver my baby if you are my midwife?
How long are my visits with you? Who can come to my visits?
Do you follow the same testing guidelines and schedule that an OB would?
What is the difference between a doula and a midwife? If we have a midwife, do we need a doula?


Can I get an epidural or other pain medication in labor?

Yes. I think of labor medications as available tools that when used appropriately are effective and excellent. When used too often they can hinder your body’s natural process and progress in labor. My goal is to provide you with the information about your choices and ensure that you and your body are in control of your birth experience.


What if you are not available when I go into labor?

I plan my time away around my client’s due dates as much as possible. That being said, there are emergencies or instances when I simply cannot be there. We will discuss this and you will know ahead of time if there is a chance I may not be available. It might be that another midwife meets you at the hospital and is with you until I can get there. Lindy Johnson, CNM  and Gwen Haynes, CNM are the two other private practice midwives who provide backup coverage of my practice and also deliver at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Ashby campus.


Will I also see a doctor during my prenatal care or birth?

Most women will not see a doctor during their pregnancy. Approximately 75% - 80% of babies worldwide are born into the hands of midwives. I work with my consulting physicians of East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates so that should a complication arise at any time during your pregnancy, labor, or postpartum, they will then join our team to care for you and your baby.


Do you take insurance? Can I afford a midwife?

It is important that we talk about your insurance situation individually. I’ve helped both clients that have insurance and those that don’t find a way to afford the type of care they need. There is a way to make my care work for most everyone from a financial standpoint.


Where will I deliver my baby if you are my midwife?

I only do deliveries at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Ashby campus. At the hospital, my job is to promote normal, healthy birth but in case medical resources are needed they are readily available through my backup doctors of East Bay Perinatal Medical Associates.


How long are my visits with you? Who can come to my visits?

I like to start our relationship with an initial one hour consultation at which partners are welcomed. This visit gives me an opportunity to learn about your desires and expectations for your pregnancy and care. After the initial visit, prenatal visits are 30 minutes long. My goal is to not only check in with you and your baby at these visits but also to get to know you, your partner and your family. If we need to schedule more visits for whatever reason, that is fine. This is your experience and I want you to feel you have all your questions answered and anxieties addressed. Partners are encouraged to come to most prenatal visits, as are others who will be attending the birth. Additionally I am available via phone, email and text in between your scheduled visits for any questions that may arise.


Do you follow the same testing guidelines and schedule that an OB would?

Together we will discuss all the testing available to you on the same schedule as if you were working with an OB. You will chose which testing you feel you want to pursue based on the information we review together. We will discuss the importance of each test and how it pertains specifically to you and your pregnancy.


What is the difference between a doula and a midwife? If we have a midwife, do we need a doula?

Doulas work with laboring mothers to provide constant physical and emotional support. They are an important part of the labor team and are especially helpful at home in early labor. I provide similar support for you once you have arrived at the hospital. I also monitor your and your baby’s tolerance of labor, give you information about your progress and help you achieve the labor you desire, as well as “catching”/delivering your baby. Research shows that doulas improve outcomes for you and your baby and can decrease the time of labor and need for pain medication. Women with continuous support are more likely than those without to give birth spontaneously (that is, without a cesarean section, vacuum extraction or forceps) and to have a shorter labor. We can discuss you specific birth experience needs and together we can build a support team to meet those needs.




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Contact Ellie

at her new collaborative practice...

Golden Oak Midwives

Email  ellie@gomidwives.com
Phone (510) 775-2229
Fax (510) 751-4554 

Location

Golden Oak Midwives

419- 30th Street, Suite 2

Oakland, California 94609