Frequently Asked Questions
As a soon-to-be-parent, there’s a lot of information to wade through. We know the feeling of overwhelm. Take a deep breath—we’ll guide you from here. Colorado Midwifery provides all the resources you need to feel educated and prepared for your delivery.
How does midwifery or monitrice care differ from going to an OB?
Midwives are experts in the normal course of pregnancy, labor, and the immediate postpartum period. We provide expertise and encouragement during the childbearing year, helping you to navigate complicated decisions and advocate for you when you’re unsure how to proceed. We provide continuous, individualized support ideal for low-risk parents.
Medical OB/GYNs provide full service care and are equipped to deal with higher risk situations such as irregular bleeding, cervical cancer, or menopausal symptoms. Because hospital staff are serving many people at once, they often can’t offer constant support and attention. We have nothing against doctors and nurses—in fact, we work with them all the time to bring healthy babies into the world. We are so grateful for their contribution to healthy outcomes for new families.
For families wanting to be given time, space, and thorough education on their pregnancy journey, and for those who wish to have a natural birth outside of a clinical setting as their first choice for their birth experience, Midwifery care is a very appropriate option.
What’s the difference between a midwife, doula, and monitrice doula?
We know this is confusing.
A doula provides resources and physical/emotional support during pregnancy, birth and/or post partum.
A midwife has clinical training and is the primary care provider during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
A monitrice doula has clinical training (often as a midwife) and is acting as a doula.
A monitrice doula has the training of a midwife but is not acting as the primary care provider. If she were the one delivering your child, she’d be acting as a midwife. If someone else is delivering your child, she’s acting as a monitrice.
Many women choose a monitrice doula over a typical doula because they want emotional support from someone who has the training and knowledge to perform exams and keep them informed. Our monitrice doulas support women during hospital births and home births. Whatever the setting, she is there to guide you through your birthing experience with knowledge and experience.
If you want more clarification, please reach out to us. We’re happy to talk about your options and see what’s best for you and your family.
Do you take insurance?
What kind of childbirth education do you recommend?
We think education is the number one way to overcome fear or anxiety over giving birth. As part of our midwifery care, you’ll receive a great deal of education during our visits. We generally recommend even more on top of this, especially if this is your first child.
What do you provide for prenatal care?
When should I start prenatal care?
Do you help couples with infertility?
We have wonderful medical providers that we refer couples to when they are experiencing infertility.
LABOR & DELIVERY
Do your midwives facilitate births at a birth center?
What kind of care and support do you provide during labor?
Our midwives act as your primary practitioner during labor and delivery. We closely monitor you and your baby, coach you through labor, offer recommendations and advice, and deliver your child. Then we care for you and the newborn in the initial postpartum, and are your on-call provider for six weeks postpartum for the new family.
As midwives, our first obligation is to the provision of care for you and the baby. While we are capable of providing emotional and sometimes physical support, there are some circumstances where we would not be available for this level of support due to our clinical obligations. Doulas do not have this same obligation and are an added layer of support and resourcing for the family and the care team. We highly recommend hiring a doula for your birth, regardless of the location you are birthing.
When acting as a monitrice doula, we provide emotional support and make sure you understand the clinical language. We call on previous conversations to help you make the best decisions for you and your family, whether at home, a birth center, or a hospital.
This is my ﬁrst child. What can I do to prepare myself emotionally and mentally for labor?
What do you do in case of an emergency?
What is your opinion on delayed cord clamping?
At the time of birth, one third of the baby’s blood is inside of the placenta. The placenta naturally pumps that blood into the baby right after birth—within 3 minutes, 80 to 90% of that blood has been pumped into the baby. Some parents choose to delay clamping of the cord to allow that blood time to reenter the baby’s body.
The controversy arises because of the possibility for jaundice. When the baby receives too many red blood cells, their liver can’t metabolize them so they dissolve in the bloodstream, creating a byproduct called bilirubin. This causes the yellowish tint of jaundice. Most of the time for healthy babies, their bodies regulate this process as their liver develops and matures, and there are no lasting health implications.
What if I am not available on the day of your birth?
Do you offer postpartum care?
Parent Facebook Groups
Boulder Area Moms
Boulder Area Working Moms
Avista Moms and Babies
Lafayette CO Mamas
Moms Matter Most @ Gaia Health
Westminster CO Area Moms
Boulder Rockn Moms
Twins and Multiple Pregnancy Support Network and Beyond
Moms of Twins Support Group
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
International Cesarean Awareness Network
Evidence Based Birth
The Miles Circuit
Expecting & Empowered
American Association of Birth Centers
American College of Nurse Midwives
American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Improving Birth Coalition
March of Dimes
Mothers Naturally (Midwives of North America)
Colorado Midwives Association
National Association of Certified Professional Midwives
Parenting Safe Children
Educating yourself is the best way to prepare for your pregnancy and delivery. We’ve gathered all of our favorite resources to make it easy.
Schedule a call to see if we can provide the support you and your family needs.