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Frequently asked questions

Why choose a Midwife?


Because research shows that when the midwifery model of care is applied, between eighty-five to ninety-five percent of healthy women will safely give birth without surgery. Ina May Gaskin. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (New York, New York: Bantam Dell, 2003) 184.




What is the Midwifery Model Of Care?


The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. The Midwives Model of Care includes: -Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle -Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support -Minimizing technological interventions -Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. Copyright (c) 1996-2008, Midwifery Task Force, Inc., All Rights Reserved.




What happens if there is a problem and I am no longer low-risk?





What if I need to transfer to the hospital during labor?





What are your hours?





I’m not pregnant. Does Gaia Midwives provide gynecological care?


Yes! We provide a full range of well-woman and gynecological care. You can learn more here.




What if I had a previous c-section?





Can I transfer to Gaia Midwives in the middle of my pregnancy?





Will my insurance cover my care at Gaia Midwives?





How do I obtain the birth certificate and social security number for my baby?





What if I want my baby to be circumcised?





What are my options for where I can birth my baby?





What if I test positive for Group B Strep (GBS)?





What pain management options are available?





What tests will be done during my pregnancy? Are they required?





How is the baby’s heartbeat monitored during labor?





Can I still use Gaia Midwives if I have risk factors?





What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?


Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) provide comprehensive women’s health care and wellness including pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, as well as newborn care, family planning and the gynecological needs of women throughout her life. CNMs are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery. They have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). This education includes a university degree as well as hands-on clinical training by practicing CNMs. They also have passed the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).