Midwives believe labor is a natural process that needs little intervention. As a Midwife, Vicki loves helping her patients feel empowered and supported through their pregnancy, labor and postpartum period. Modern prenatal care can sometimes limit the time you have with birth providers and they might not be available for your delivery. Each month our Midwife will take on 2-5 patients that she will follow prenatally and commit to deliver their baby and help them have the birth that they want.
Between 32-36 weeks make a prenatal appointment with Midwife Vicki to discuss your birth plan. If you opt in for Midwifery care at that point you will have 24 hr access to the Midwife for any questions or concerns that arise in between appointments. When your labor begins you will call Vicki and be in constant communication until you head to the hospital. She will come deliver your baby and help you implement your birth plan. After your baby is born she will also assist with any postpartum questions you have before your last appointment.
Who qualifies for Midwifery care in labor?
Anyone attempting a vaginal birth. If your pregnancy is high risk, Dr. Akerman and Dr. Lao will be consulted to determine if Midwifery care is appropriate.
Can I have an epidural with Midwifery care?
Absolutely! Midwifery is about safely delivering your baby the way YOU want to deliver your baby.
Can I hire a Doula?
Yes, please do! Vicki loves working with Doulas and could not have gotten through her own labor without one! Doulas are professionally trained in assisting you with labor. They help support the birth person and their partner through labor and often postpartum. Having one on one support through each contraction can reduce the use of pain medication, reduce the risk of c-section, may speed up labor and increase Mother baby bonding postpartum. She is happy to work with you and your Doula. If you are attempting an unmedicated birth I recommend hiring a Doula.
Does Midwifery care cost more, will it be covered by my insurance?
Midwifery care is covered by your insurance and will not come at any additional cost. This is a service we are happy to provide our patients.
What happens if I need a Cesarean section or if complications arise during my labor?
Certified Nurse Midwives are Masters trained advanced practice Nurse Practitioners who are trained to deal with complications as they arise during labor. Vicki delivers her patients at St Joseph Hospital or HOAG Newport/Irvine. AkermanMed physicians will always be consulted if you have any complications during labor. On the other hand, hospitals always have an obstetrician to consult or even transfer care to if you needed a Cesarean section. Midwifery is about helping women and supporting the birth they want, while always maintaining the safety of Mom and baby.
If I am going to have a cesarean section can I still see a Midwife during my prenatal care?
Absolutely! We encourage you to meet all of our providers. Everyone can benefit from meeting with our Obstetricians, Nurse Practitioners and Midwife.