Hello, and thank you for visiting my site! I am a Certified Professional Midwife serving the greater Kansas City metro area.
Pregnancy is a time filled with excitement and anticipation of planning for a new life to merge with yours. My philosophy is very simple; birth belongs to the mother, to the baby and to their family; siblings are a great support team for mom, and many times dads receive their babies. Women have a right to mother-centered care and support, whatever that means to each woman. Birth is a pivotal time in which a woman can explore her inner strengths as well as her fears, opening herself to her right and responsibility to make decisions for herself as well as her child. I will assist you to envision your pregnancy and birth and support you in realizing your vision.
I attend home births, and all prenatal and postpartum visits are in the comfort of your own home. Visits typically last at least an hour so there is plenty of time to answer your questions, get to know each other and to discuss topics pertinent to where you are in your pregnancy. I have studied natural nutrition and healing including homeopathy and herbs for many years and use this knowledge to assist the moms I work with to encourage a healthier pregnancy and more satisfying birth. A birthing assistant will attend births with me at no additional cost to you. She will attend at least one prenatal visit to meet you around 36 weeks in your pregnancy.
I provide informed consent documents regarding all options available to you through the common standard of care. The documents provide information to assist you in making decisions to accept or decline any testing for yourself and your newborn including prenatal and newborn tests and screenings.
You are welcome to borrow from my extensive lending library including many DVD’s. I also maintain a comprehensive referral list of chiropractors, pediatricians, massage therapists, and others who support homebirth clients.
Birthing options include VBAC and waterbirths. I provide the birthing pool as well as most all of the supplies needed for your birth. My fee does not include lab fees or ultrasound if you chose to have them done. I work with each client to create a payment plan that is workable for both of us. I do employ an insurance biller and am in network with a number of providers. My biller will work with you to determine your coverage, deductibles and what you might expect as reimbursement for my services.
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There have been a number of studies that show homebirth with a healthy mom and baby to be as safe and possibly safer than a birth in the hospital. I also have a video featuring Dr. Masden Wagnerin my library that addresses the safety of homebirth.
I am happy to schedule a free interview to discuss your wishes for a homebirth and to assist you in deciding if homebirth with me is an option for you.
Sarah Wallbaum, CPM