Frequently asked questions
What does perinatal mean?
The perinatal period is the time immediately around childbirth. Our perinatal services include prenatal, childbirth support, postpartum and newborn health and education. The medical community quantifies the perinatal period to last until the newborn’s 1st birthday (this is true for miscarriages and neonatal loss as well).
Do you take insurance?
Yes! We are contracted with most major insurance companies, including WA state Apple Health (medicaid). Please call your insurance provider to determine if we are in-network.
Can I receive care if I don't have insurance and can't pay cash?
Yes! If you do not qualify for health insurance for any reason, or cannot afford our cash pay prices, please contact us. We believe in providing access to all Vashon residents, despite financial means or other barriers.
Where are appointments offered?
Depending on what type of appointment you need, we offer services in our clinic office (just north of town), virtually, or from your home.
Are you LGBTQ+ and trans affirming?
Yes! We welcome all family types and configurations.
Is home birth safe on Vashon?
We work hard to ensure home birth is a safe option on Vashon. We are trained in rural midwifery care and maintain relationships with necessary personnel in case an emergency transfer is indicated. Please click here to read more about midwifery safety.
Can I have midwifery care if I am planning a hospital birth?
Yes! Our collaborative care (“co-care”) program is designed to provide on-island prenatal, postpartum and newborn care for families who want or need a hospital birth off-island. In some situations, co-management of care may be indicated throughout your pregnancy. Please contact us to discuss your unique situation.
Am I a good candidate for a home birth?
Most healthy people are perfect candidates for a home birth. For those with serious underlying health conditions, it may be a safer option for you to seek care at a higher-level facility. Please reach out if you are interested in midwifery care services, and we can discuss whether either of our midwifery programs are a good fit for you!
How do emergency transfers work?
Is my home too small for a home birth?
We do not require much space for a home birth, at all. We can attend your birth in an apartment, tiny home, trailer, yurt, etc. All we require is fresh water and heat. If you do not have a stable housing situation, please discuss this with your midwives, as we are happy to discuss alternative options for out-of-hospital birth.
Is home birth messy?
Most people are surprised by how tidy their home space is after a home birth. We take special care to ensure your home is looked after during the birth. Typically, there is one bag of laundry and one bag of garbage left at the time your midwives depart.
Do you offer water birth?
Yes! We love waterbirth. Please let your midwives know if you would like to rent one of our birth tubs.
What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?
What is a PMAD?
PMAD is an acronym for perinatal or postpartum mood and anxiety disorder. This term describes the feels of distress that occur during pregnancy and throughout the first year of life. These feelings can be mild, moderate, or severe.
Can I bring my baby to my session?
Do you prescribe medication?
No. However, our mental health provider can refer you to a facility that offers medical management if necessary.
Do just birthing people get PMADS?
No. Partners of birthing people can, and often do, get PMADS as well. This is also true for foster parents and adoptive parents.