Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Midwifery legal in Mississippi? Yes! Women can receive care from Midwives both inside and outside of the hospital setting. In Mississippi, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are only allowed to care for women in hospitals or medical clinics. Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) and Direct Entry Midwives (DEM) are not regulated by the State of Mississippi and are able to provide community based care for women out of their offices or in clients' homes.
2. Do you accept insurance? All routine lab services can easily be billed to your insurance. For prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum/nerborn care, we can provide an itemized receipt that clients may submit to their insurance provider for possible reibursement.
3. What do you do if there is an emergency at a home birth? Midwives are experts in normal, physiological birth, so we feel very confident in monitoring labor and delivery to be sure that everything is staying within the realm of normal. If we see any situation that is moving outside of what is considered normal, we'll make recommendations and intervene quickly to try to bring things back to normal. We come to births equipped with a plethora of herbs and homeopathies, other natural remedies, pharmaceutical medicines, IV equipment, and oxygen to use in complicated situations. All of our team is also trained in Neonatal Resuscitation. If our interventions are not successful, then we'll transport to the hospital for higher level care.
4. Do you offer payment plans? Absolutely! We ask for a 10% depsit at your initial visit, and then we offer a variety of payment plans. We also offer a discount for those who qualify for Medicaid, and we are open to bartering for goods or services!
5. What about the mess after a home birth? Our team has a lot of practice, and we're really good at minimizing, containing, and cleaning up any messes. Before we leave after your birth, we will take out all of the trash and start the laundry. We like to leave your house cleaner than we found it!
6. What are your office hours? Office hours are Thursdays from 8AM-5PM.
7. If you are unavailable for my due date, what other midwives serve the Hattiesburg area? Yes, we have several midwives that attend births in and around Hattiesburg. Susan Wilson, CPM Tanya Smith-Johnson, CPM Aisha Ralph, CPM Melissa Cook Melinda Thigpen Lindsay Huckabee Renata Hillman
8. Do I have 24/7 access to my midwife? Yes! In urgent situations, please contact Amanda immediately. For anything outside of emergencies, you'll have access to your midwife by sending a message in your patient portal. Amanda or her office staff will get back to you during normal office hours.