MIDWIFERY CARE WITH BIRTH JOURNEY: OUR SERVICES
OVERVIEW OF SERVICES
Our services include an introductory meeting free of charge so that you may be able to get to know us better and make an informed decision as to whether we are the right midwifery team for you. Beyond the first consultation, we will see you monthly through your second trimester, bimonthly through 36 weeks, and weekly for the final month or so of your pregnancy. We often personalize your care to see you more often if this is your first baby or first birth out of hospital, or on a schedule that better fits your lifestyle (which might mean a less rigorous schedule) without any extra charge.
Read more about our prenatal visit schedule here.
Contrary to popular belief, midwifery care can be just as high-tech as the main medical model with services including routine blood draws and lab work. Prenatal diagnostics include urinalysis, blood pressure, lab draws such as CBC, glucose, and blood typing, pap smears, Group B Strep cultures, and genetic screening.
Birth Journey has in-house ultrasound services available including early pregnancy confirmation, fluid volume, placenta locating, and position checks. We also have an experienced ultrasound technician that provides radiologist-read reports for your mid-pregnancy anatomy scan and more as needed.
LABOR & DELIVERY
We are available to be present at your labor whenever you want support and not at some pre-defined stage. We will obtain vital signs initially and regularly as labor progresses. The baby’s heart tones are monitored throughout the course of labor and more frequently as the birth approaches. We will speak extensively throughout your prenatal care about how you envision your birth and personalize it to your desires.
Many of our clients choose to birth their babies in the water. They do so because of the comfort and relief that water provides to the laboring mother and the gentle elasticity that hydration provides to the skin. Birthing tub options are available in both home and birth center deliveries with Birth Journey Midwifery.
After the birth when both mother and baby are stable and content, a newborn exam will be done. Both mother and baby’s vitals will be monitored on a regular basis, breastfeeding will be initiated, and we will guide the new family as they settle into normal postpartum routines.
Although we provide immediate newborn examination, newborn eye prophylaxis, PKU screening and well baby checkups, we recommend that you obtain an appropriate care provider for your newborn before labor and delivery, especially if you desire to have your newborn receive vaccination, circumcision, etc. If you would like counseling on those options and more, our team is happy to provide education and resources.
Melissa Mayo is proud to now offer breastfeeding support as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). This title includes completion of education and training on lactation, achievement of clinical hours of lactation and breastfeeding care, and the successful passing of the IBLCE certification examination. Support on your breastfeeding journey is important to us and we are thrilled to offer this service to our families!
The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process.
>> Suzanne Arms
Take a look around our beautiful, spacious birth center in Murray, Utah featuring prenatal check up rooms, a meeting space, and a welcoming birth suite with all the appropriate furnishings and equipment for a safe and satisfying birth experience.
TOUR THE BIRTH CENTER
A peaceful escape for the laboring family.
Water can reduce pain and help a laboring mother relax tremendously.
SPACIOUS BIRTHING TUB
A cozy spot to rest in a labor lull or to snuggle up with your baby for that first postpartum nap.
COMFORTABLE QUEEN BED
Private rooms to have your vitals checked and to get all your questions answered throughout your pregnancy.
PRENATAL APPOINTMENT ROOMS
An open space for classes, our monthly Heart-to-Heart gatherings, and a play space for your children during your appointments.
MEETING & PLAY ROOM
Did you know care at Birth Journey includes the standard schedule of prenatal lab work and diagnostic testing very similar to the routine care provided in the obstetrical setting, all within the comfort of your home or our clinic?
LAB DRAW AREA
Get the reassurance of an ultrasound scan in the comfort of a dimly lit room with calming music and a gentle technician who will take time to answer your questions.
More and more families are choosing to stay home for their births. Imagine not having to decide when to leave during labor. Wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to stress over what to pack in your hospital bag, or rush around the house throwing things together last-minute?! Picture climbing into your own bed with your new baby just minutes after giving birth. This is a reality and it can be your birthing experience!
We have several styles of birthing tubs available for water birth should you desire to deliver in the tub at your home. We provide these tubs at the end of your pregnancy so they are available for use during labor for pain relief and relaxation. Water birth is a safe, comforting option for your natural home birth.
We hear many families say they'll choose home birth "next time" after they've birthed in a hospital for the first child. Each baby only has one birth- learn more about the safety of out of hospital birth today!
MOBILE CARE UNIT
Have you ever wished your prenatal care provider could come to you?
With our mobile care unit, your prenatal appointments can take place right in your home. We keep our van fully stocked with everything we need for both prenatal check ups and home births, so we are always ready to serve you.
Ask about our home-care package, where we travel to you for prenatal appointments. We will bring all the supplies for a full check up, including blood pressure and fetal Doppler instruments, so you can carry on with your busy life without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home- or even your workplace!
There are rare occasions in which a laboring mother chooses to transport from home to a nearby hospital. With our mobile care unit, a non-emergent transport can happen much more comfortably than in a family car, and with all the safety supplies we might need along the way.
It's not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth.
>> Barbara Katz Rothman
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Midwifery is often a much less expensive birth option than hospital birth, as many insurance plans include a high deductible, burdensome monthly premiums, and a long list of services that are not covered by your plans. Get personalized, caring support for a low cost, including payment plans and the option to bill your insurance! Call today to discuss pricing including available discounts.
Our $6,000 birth package includes comprehensive maternity care, birth in our beautiful birth center suite or at home, and complete newborn, postpartum and lactation care. This includes the mid-pregnancy anatomy ultrasound done by our technician and read by the radiologist, all prenatal appointments and in-house scans, routine lab work, and newborn, postpartum, lactation care through 6 weeks (37 week home visit and follow up appointments in the first two weeks will take place in your home). You will be provided with all the birth supplies, a complete birthing tub set up, towels and sheets at the 37 week visit.
Schedule a free initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you.
Ask us about a discount if you've birthed with us before, or if you have had any prior unmedicated birth!
Home birth and birth suite deliveries are being covered with increasing frequency!
We partner with a professional insurance billing company that can place claims and explore insurance coverage, including pre-authorization for maternity care, by submitting a Verification of Benefits at no charge.
Insurance companies we've had great success getting coverage from or being reimbursed by are United Healthcare, Aetna, and Cigna.
SelectHealth, PEHP, DMBA, and EMI, however, have consistently denied out of hospital birth charges and will likely not cover your birth with Birth Journey Midwifery. For this reason, we offer an all-in-one, turnkey pricing package.
We also accept HSA and Flex Spending payments. For families with a high deductible or who are without insurance, an out of hospital birth can also provide tremendous savings.
A deposit paid to retain our services is required. Reimbursement and refunds will be settled after insurance claim payments are finalized.
Call today to learn more about how your insurance might cover a home or birth center birth!
Over the course of generous unhurried appointments the pregnant woman comes to understand the midwife genuinely cares for her and will not interpose frivolously.