We’re here to answer any questions you might have!
Bring a list to each appointment at the baby birth center and we will happily customize your 45 minute appointment to answer your specific questions.
How often do you see me prenatally?
We will see you on the same schedule an obstetrician would. We can begin care as soon as you are ready, although most mothers chose to start between 10-12 weeks. After our first visit, we will meet every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and then every week until your child is born.
How often do you see mothers and babies after the birth?
What about lab work and ultrasounds?
We usually recommend a fetal anatomy scan be be done between 18-20 weeks. The baby is fully formed by then, which minimizes any risk, and allows us to get as much information as possible (and even determine the sex of the baby, if you want).
What do midwives use at births?
Do I need a doula?
So, we are pretty strict about doulas for first time mothers, VBAC mothers, and mothers who have never had an unmedicated birth. A doula will “mother the mother” and keep you feeling comfortable. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center has list of doulas we love and have worked with, we have doulas that offer great discounts based on need, and of course, you are always welcome to bring a doula you’ve hired independently of us. No matter where you find your doula — find her! She’s an important part of the team
What if I can’t take the pain?
When mothers are educated, supported and in familiar surroundings, those endorphins do their work and mothers do great.
What if there is an emergency?
Very few (less than 2%) of births need emergent transfers, and we are happy to say that the birth center has EMS available 24 hours a day, just across the street. Johnston Willis and Chippenham Hospitals are a little over 3 miles away and we have a very detailed transfer plan in place should we need to go to the hospital quickly.
What medicines are available at the birth center?
Isn’t midwifery care expensive?
Here’s a rough estimate of our average time spent with a client:
12-14 hours of prenatal visits. We often spend more time together during our initial interview than doctors spend during the entire pregnancy!
6-48 hours of labor and birth. Personal, complete care by midwives, doulas, and nurses you know and trust.
4-6 hours of immediate postpartum care. Comfortable, spacious queen beds, newborn exam, postpartum education and lots of smiles and TLC. You just had a baby!
4-6 hours of postpartum visits for you and your new baby, including your first visit in the comfort of your own home.
24/7/365 midwifery access for labor and emergencies from your 37th week to 2 weeks postpartum
Please refer to our fees below on this page.
Fees & Insurance
We are used to saving and paying for lots of things that are important to us. Engagement rings and weddings. Cars and down payments on houses. Vacations. That dog you’ve been dreaming of. New furniture. We spend our money on things that are important to us, things that enrich our lives, things that are once in a lifetime, things that create beautiful memories. You only will birth the baby you are carrying once. Ask any woman, even one 80 years old, what her birth was like and she will tell you her story. She will tell you the details, and tell you the victory, and yes, tell you the troubles. Your baby being born gently and with love is priceless.
If you have traditional insurance, it can be confusing…
Deductibles, co-pays, in-network, out-of-network.. and did you know that even if you go to an in-network hospital, you might receive care from an out-of-network doctor or anesthesiologist, and have to pay BOTH in-network and out-of-network deductibles?
What about items that aren’t covered under your policy?
Does your baby have a deductible, too?
Will your pregnancy cross over your policy’s year end, and will you need to pay an additional deductible?
The average cost of a vaginal birth in Richmond in 2017 was $11, 670. That didn’t include prenatal care, newborn care, or the additional costs of a cesarean birth, which is a 34% chance in RVA.
These are the problems and issues that mainstream medicine and health insurance has left us with. And here at Embrace, we can’t fix it. We totally wish we could. But we can call your insurance company, and ask the right questions to get you the most out-of-hospital coverage that is possible. We will provide all that information to you, in written form, for you to use when you file your claim. You pay us for your care, and we provide you with a full invoice after your birth. You submit that invoice , along with the information we obtained, to your insurance for consideration and reimbursement.
Health Share Plans are different — Some reimburse immediately, some reimburse after your care, and some take literally years to pay. We are happy to help you review your plans policies.
Tri-Care — We are a Tri-Care Select Provider and our professional fees are covered at 100%.
Medicaid — Sigh. Medicaid is depressing. Although we are licensed Medicaid providers, the powers and politics have removed our ability to be reimbursed for Medicaid clients. Call your representatives and holler. Many people are working at a legislative level to get it fixed, but until then, we offer sliding scale fees and payment plans that work for almost anyone.
FHA/FSA — You are welcome to use your benefits to pay for your care with us.
MediLoan and Credit Cards — We are happy to say we have a loan company that finances our care. If your credit is good, up to 18 months is interest free! If your credit is…well…troubled, they have other options that have reasonable interest rates. Some of our clients use their credit cards to finance care.
Creative Solutions — Having your baby somewhere you love is important Some people have crowd-funded. Some have asked for donations at their baby shower. Some have doubled down on their budget and cut out all extras to make it happen. Some have sold second cars or gotten second jobs.
We Finance, Too! — And finally, we take payments! A deposit for care at your initial visit, then we will divide your balance up over the remainder of your pregnancy, up to 32 weeks. Call us! We are happy to explore any and all of these choices.
Tours are every Wednesday at 1pm and every Saturday at 10am.
We encourage you to RSVP your space!
Come explore our two luxury birth suites and meet Corina and the Embrace family.