Birthing At Home

Intimate, uninterrupted, safe. Home birth.

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Who Do We Attend for Home Birth

Low risk pregnancy

One baby in womb

Baby is head down at onset of labor

Women with a history of one prior cesarean section on a case by case basis

Lives within 1 hour of metro area

Anticipated birth between 37 and 42+ weeks of pregnancy

Modern families are choosing out-of-hospital birth for a variety of reasons, the most common being the routine medicalization of hospital birth and/or a history of birth trauma within the hospital setting. They are looking for better support for physiologic birth, elimination of unnecessary interventions, continuity of their provider, personalized care, and shared decision making. While research indicates that women should remain upright and mobile during labor, eat and drink at will, have limited cervical exams, and be given privacy and support, this is often not the case in many hospitals. Unnecessary episiotomies, routine IV placement, pushing while flat on their backs, continuous fetal monitoring and reduced mobility, and paternalism remain a reality in even the best hospitals, regardless of the gender or type of the provider (nurse-midwife or physician).

 

So let’s talk about the many benefits of birthing at home! Women tend to labor, birth, and recover better in an environment where they feel safe and respected. Unnecessary interventions or restrictions are often avoided. Women eat and drink when and what they want, labor and birth in places and positions which work best for them, with people they have welcomed into their space. All professionals in the birth team share a belief and expertise in normal birth. Home birth can provide more space for a spiritually and emotionally fulfilling experience, for the whole family. We stay with you after the birth for several hours to insure that you and your baby are transitioning well and visit 3 more times at home in the first week. Cool right?! There’s more…

No navigating rush hour or childcare, figuring out when to go to the birth center/hospital, or having to get into the car only hours after birth with a sore bottom and fragile newborn. No hauling bags, being told what/when you can eat and drink, waiting for a room, getting assigned caregivers you don’t relate to, or wondering which midwife/doctor is on call. With Thrive, we come to you, stay with you, and know you.

About 9 out of 10 women who plan a home birth actually birth and recover at home. The other 10% typically transfers to a hospital-based provider for non-emergent reasons and may occur in the last weeks of pregnancy, during labor, or after the birth. The most common reason for transfer during labor is due to maternal fatigue and the need for labor augmentation. Remember, only 1-2% of women/babies are transferred to the hospital due to an emergency.

We come to you, stay with you, and know you

Free Consultation

I offer all families interested in home birth with Thrive, a free 1-hour consultation, to discuss your preferences for care, our training and experience, who we will attend at home, and safety measures we provide to protect mom and baby. We can also briefly discuss the nuts and bolts around insurance billing, and provide you access to our billing specialist for a more specific estimate on how your insurance may pay for care. No direct care can be provided during this consultation until you are an established client. Please review our fee for the home birth package (below) prior to scheduling your consultation, as it may be prohibitive for some.

The cost of the Thrive Home Birth Maternity Care Package is $5500, which includes all of your prenatal visits (usually 10-13), care during labor/birth/immediate recovery, a birth assistant, postpartum maternal care, and routine neonatal care for the first 28 days. It does not cover imaging (ultrasounds), home IV hydration, labs, medications, herbs/supplements, IV medications/services during the labor or after the birth, or any external care you may have during pregnancy (such as chiropractic, perinatology, endocrinology, etc.) It is typically paid in 3 installments throughout the pregnancy, where $1000 is collected at your first visit. While some insurance plans do not cover home birth itself, many do cover some prenatal, postpartum, and neonatal care. If you want an estimate for how much your insurance plan may reimburse you after your care is completed, we are happy to request what is called a Verification of Benefits ($25) through our insurance billing specialist. While we highly value equal access to home birth care for all women, we currently do not bill medical assistance or state subsidized plans.

 

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Families Thrive Midwives

I loved the ease and convenience of using Thrive’s telehealth option. My daughter and I had developed a nasty case of thrush and with three kids and a busy schedule, I had no time to travel to an appointment to get it taken care of. Not to mention, it was a Saturday! In about 10 minutes, Kari had asked me the necessary questions, diagnosed the problem and had a prescription sent to my local pharmacy. It could not possibly have been easier. Thrive definitely has a patient for life!

−Catherine

As a doula practicing for 20 years, I can attest that the physical, emotional, informational and midwifery care that Kari provides is truly phenomenal. She cares so deeply about the families that she serves, which is evident in the countless births I have attended with her. From the moment you meet Kari, her knowledge about and trust in normal birth is infectious. On top of all of that she has an amazing sense of humor! As a doula, it is a joy to watch her hold space for all of the fortunate families that have entrusted her with their care.

−Jessie, doula

When I think about who I trust to deliver my baby, my mind automatically says, Kari. In 2015 I delivered my first son in a local hospital, and the tender care and attention I received from Kari during labor, delivery and post postpartum, I knew I wouldn’t be able to find in anyone else. The amount of respect you have between the boundaries of culture and medicine manifests itself in your practice, as I witnessed it during my first delivery. You place your patients wants and needs before yours. You are there any time of the day or night via phone, email or text message. During the hard times of struggle and when my life caused me stress, I turned to you to help me get back on track to improve or maintain my health. When I was going through my miscarriage, I trusted in your expertise and wisdom. Even though I was far away from home when it occurred, you made me feel comforted as I knew you were just one call away. When I think of you Kari, it brings tears to my eyes to have known such a wonderful person and knowing my family trust you whole heartily. What I can say about you is endless. Thank you for all you do.

−Mai

I have known and practiced with Kari for a long time, and trust her implicitly to provide top-notch care for her patients. She stays current in evolving research regarding women’s health and demonstrates a growing knowledge base regarding use of supplements and herbal therapies. Kari is also really innovative in providing care in low resource settings, such as international health.

−Robyn, MD

Kari’s care is exceptional! Not only does she provide stellar whole woman care, she listens and truly forms a bond with each of her clients. Never feel like a number or meet an impersonal provider again. Kari takes the time to get to know you and your family’s health needs and provides you with the tools and knowledge to make well-informed and practical health choices. Thank you, Kari, for being my advocate!

−Suzanne

Kari provides a one-of-a-kind blend of compassion, attention to detail and well researched medical knowledge. She believes strongly that pregnancy and birth is a natural process for most women, recommending both natural remedies and evidence-based Western medicine when it was indicated.

−Melisa

I am so impressed by how Kari keeps up with current research. You can rest assured that the care you get at Thrive will be rooted in the latest evidence and tailored to your needs. Kari is a strong communicator and will be your advocate. I will gladly refer families seeking home birth, gynecological care, and intrauterine insemination to Thrive Midwives.

−Emily, nurse-midwife

Kari is extremely knowledgeable, her clinical judgment and decision making are spot on, she is easy to talk to, and has a comforting and peaceful presence.

−Christy

Kari offers the perfect balance of medical knowledge and personal care, while also trusting a woman’s body and addressing overall wellbeing. She believes that women’s bodies know what they’re doing. She helps you believe that, too.

−Maggie