FAQ's Natural Childbirth
Q: What is Natural Childbirth?

A: Natural Childbirth utilizes the woman's innate wisdom to give birth "naturally", with minimal intervention and without pain medication.

Q: Can all women have an out-of-hospital birth?

A: No.  Midwives are trained to manage low-risk pregnancies and are conscientious to situations that may necessitate referral.  Naturopathic Midwives focus an health and prevention to avoid most high risk situations.

Q: Are Naturopathic Midwives trained in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and CPR?

A: Yes.

Q: What are the advantages of choosing a Naturopathic Midwife over other types of midwives (CPM, CNM, Direct Entry)?

A: Because Naturopathic Midwives are also Doctors, they are able to provide full maternity care even when health issues arise.  Naturopathic Midwives use a large scope of Natural Medicine modalities and, when necessary, they may order labs, imaging and prescribe pharmaceuticals.   

Q: What are the different types of midwives and are they all licensed?

Naturopathic Midwife (ND Midwife)  -  Licensed
  • After completing a 4-year undergraduate degree, Naturopaths' then attend a 4-year accredited Naturopathic Medical School, and finally a 2-year residency in Midwifery.  Naturopathic Midwives deliver babies out-of-hospital in client's homes and birth centers.       
  • Naturopathic Midwives have passed rigorous competency testing by the American College of Naturopathic Obstetrics (ACNO) and the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).    
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)  -  Licensed
  • CNM's are trained as nurses and have done additional study in midwifery.  Most CNM's deliver in hospitals and many are affiliated with an obstetrician's office.  Around 3% of CNM attended births occur in birth centers or at client's homes.                         
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)  -  Licensed
  • A midwife who has passed rigorous competency testing by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) is awarded a CPM certificate.                             
Direct Entry Midwife - Unlicensed
  • An independent practitioner who has learned midwifery through study, apprenticeship, a midwifery school, or a college program that is not a nursing program.

Q: Is a clinic birth safer than a home birth?

A: No.  All equipment and medications are present at both.

Q: Is out-of-hospital birth covered by insurance?

A: Many insurance companies cover out-of-hospital birth.  Our billing specialist can contact your insurance carrier to verify benefits.

Q: Do you take Oregon Health Plan

A: Yes.

Q: What is sharing on-call with other midwives mean?

A: When midwives take turn being on-call for their patients' births.  This means that the midwife you have been seeing at your prenatal visits may or may not be at your birth, depending whether or not she is on-call at the time.

Q: Do you share on-call with other midwifes?

A: No.  I am your midwife the entire pregnancy and will be the one at your birth.

Q: Who will be at my birth?

A: Your midwife and one or two assistants.  Beyond that, who ever you would like at your birth is welcome to attend.
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