Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe?
Yes! Planned homebirth is as safe or safer than in-hospital birth.
A 2005 study of over 5000 planned home births found that planned home birth is as safe as hospital birth, and that with a home birth, women were much less likely to have medical interventions.
A recent study of around 17,000 women in the U.S. (the largest analysis of planned homebirth, yet) found that low-risk women who chose homebirth “experienced high rates of physiologic birth and low rates of interventions without an increase in adverse outcomes” to mother and/or baby.
I’m still not sure where I want to birth – who can answer all my questions? My partner isn’t sure about home birth – is there someone they can talk to?
We would love to meet with you to answer any questions you or your family may have about home birth. Call or email us to set up a free consultation…we’ll provide you with resources and discussion to help you make the decision that feels best for you!
What about pain relief?
At home births, we do not provide medical pain relief (narcotics, epidurals, gas, etc.). We are experts in providing comfort measures to laboring women. We use water, massage, meditation, positioning, affirmations and many other techniques so that the pain of labor and birth is manageable for you. During your prenatal care we will spend a lot of time discussing the manners which you foresee managing pain and/or pressure during your labor/birth.
Pain during labor is most often associated with tension and fear, so our care and support for you involves a great deal of addressing any sources of tension or fear that you might face.
Isn’t birth messy?
During most births, between 1-2 loads of laundry will be produced. By the time we leave your home (4-6 hours after the birth), the laundry will be nearly done, the birth tub will be drained, cleaned and packed, and you will all be tucked into bed with a warm meal. The only trace that will be left of your birth will be the beautiful new addition to your family!
Why a midwife?
I feel honored to be following the Midwifery Model of Care. With a midwife you receive continuity of care, which means you will see the same midwife for all of your care and you will know the midwife attending your birth. You will be surrounded only by people of your choosing, people you trust and who make you feel safe. Your baby will be welcomed gently into the world in whatever position you choose, and you will not be separated from your baby.
Midwives also use far fewer unnecessary interventions and practice informed consent, which means that they will inform you of all risks and/or benefits of any step of your care, so you can make the most informed decisions possible about your care. When you choose us as your midwives, there will be no “routine” interventions – you will always decide how your care and that of your baby will proceed.
What is a CPM?
A Certified Professional Midwife is a knowledgeable, skilled and independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). CPM is the only international credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital birth. Previously Little Light Midwifery held a license in New Mexico and Hawaii is now issuing Licenses to CPMs and as soon as it is available you can count on that as well.
What’s unique about your practice?
-Home visits for your postpartum time with your baby and one prenatal at home.
-I have experienced variety in my training/experience, including at high-volume birth centers and with large and small homebirth practices in 4 states. I have experience in Western Herbalism and Nutrition training. I am also a SNEAK PEAK CLINIC.