The Midwife Model of Care
The Midwife Model of Care is based upon the belief that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. Midwives monitor the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle.
The Midwife will provide the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care, continuous hands on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support. During the course of care, the patient works with the small group of staff midwives. As a result, there is a relationship that develops between the Midwife and her patient, and the Midwife knows how to give the best care specific to her patient’s needs and wishes.
The Midwife gives personalized care and minimizes technological interventions. The Midwife Model of Care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section. The Midwife identifies and refers women who require physician care.
Florida Licensed Midwives graduate from a state regulated and nationally accredited three year, nine semester midwifery program, have eight semesters of clinical internship, attend at least 80 deliveries, manage at least 50 deliveries and pass the national certification exam. Licensed Midwives are licensed and regulated by the Florida Department of Heath Division of Medical Quality Assurance. To read more about our midwives, go to the Team page.
Private Birth Suites
Our 3400 square foot facility offers three private birth suites. Our two primary birth suites each have a full or queen size bed, waterbirth tub, private bathroom with shower inside the suite, mini kitchen with frig and microwave, and baby cradle. Our third birth suite features a queen size bed, waterbirth tub, handheld shower faucet, sink, portable toilet, and an adjacent large kitchen. We have multiple instant hot water heaters in our facilty, so we have eternal hot water in our showers. We have many tools and appliances available for your use during your stay including bluetooth speaker systems for your music, aromatherapy diffusers, essential oils, heating pad, birth ball, birth stool, TV, DVD player, electric skillet, stove and oven, crockpot, coffee pot, and Keurig.
When you are in labor, you will call the midwife and then come into the center. You can pick which suite you would like and settle in with your things. You will bring your foods and drinks with you. Many families will bring food in a crockpot, sandwich making ingredients or cook breakfast on our griddle or in our kitchen. You may also order food to be delivered to the center. Our goal is to help make you and your family as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your stay.
We have an additional two kitchen areas and three comfy lounge areas to help make your family comfortable while they visit you during your stay.
Unmedicated Birth, Waterbirth
Unmedicated birth follows the natural physiological process of the body in labor. Labor generally is not induced and interventions are avoided unless warranted. Without unnecessary interventions in labor, you have a reduced risk of complications in labor and less chance of cesarean section (6% Sweet Child’s c-section rate versus 42% area hospitals c-section rate). When you are relaxed during labor, your labor can progress at a faster pace. With less tension and apprehension, you will experience less discomfort. During your pregnancy, your Midwives will work with you to prepare you for your labor and delivery. We will review strength and toning exercises, relaxation exercises, stretching, hypnobirthing, breathing, good nutrition and supplements to prepare you.
Because pain medicines and epidurals carry a risk of harm to you and your baby, it is not safe to use pharmaceutical pain relief at the birth center. However, we have many techniques to help. One includes laboring in water, also known as the “aquadural”. Studies show that water therapy during labor helps a laboring mom relax, eases the discomfort of labor, and aids in the progression of labor. We also offer Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, as a safe analgesic in labor. It is helpful to decrease pain and anxiety and help mom relax in labor. Click here for more information on Nitrous Oxide.
At the birth center, you have control of your birth process. You can create your own intimate family atmosphere, and you make the decisions concerning your medical care. You are able to move around freely, eat and drink as you wish, and have whomever you’d like to be with you. You can labor in the tub, have a waterbirth, or give birth in any position that you like. These things make a big difference in your childbirth experience and your perception of discomfort in labor. Your care is personalized to your wishes. Your Midwife will give support, make suggestions, and monitor you and your baby closely during labor, resulting in the best environment for your body to give birth naturally.
Midwife care offers a significant savings to you. The fees for Midwife care and Midwife are less than one-half the cost of obstetrical care and hospital birth. Your maternity care at Sweet Child O’ Mine includes all prenatal exams, childbirth classes, labor and delivery, initial postpartum care, the services of the birth assistant, complete newborn exam, two day postpartum visit, a two week postpartum visit, a six week postpartum exam, and filing of the birth certificate. Please call us for information regarding the fee for our services.
We do accept Private Insurance and several Medicaid HMOs. We are in network with most commercial insurance carriers and accept several Medicaid HMOs. We do not accept Tricare at this time. If you are asked to select a Medicaid HMO and would like our services, please select Staywell.
If you would like to know about your insurance coverage for midwife care, please call our office at 813-685-8404, extension 1 for a verification of your insurance benefits. We will ask you to email us a copy of the front and back of your insurance card. In about 3-4 days, we will let you know what your coverage is including your deductible and co-insurance. You are responsible for paying your insurance deductible and co-insurance according to a payment plan and to cover any incidentals that are not covered by your insurance plan.
Florida law mandates that Medicaid and Insurance cover the services of Licensed Midwives. To find out if you are eligible and to apply for Medicaid coverage, go to http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida where you can apply online. We can provide you with free pregnancy testing and pregnancy confirmation for Medicaid. If you are pregnant and intend to apply for Medicaid, we recommend that you apply immediately because it can take 2-4 weeks to receive approval. Pregnancy testing for your Medicaid application is available through us at no charge to you. Call us today for a free consultation.
If you are not covered by insurance and do not qualify for pregnancy Medicaid, we will work with you by arranging a flexible payment plan. We accept cash, money order, VISA, MasterCard and Discover. Services and products that are not included in the fee are vitamins, lab fees, ultrasound, RhoGAM, medications, specialist services, Registration Fee, Doula services, nitrous oxide, and waterbirth tub fee.