Frequently Asked Questions
Bonne Fete Maternity : Shreveport's Birth Center
What is a midwife?
Midwives are considered one of the oldest known professions. Modern midwives are experts in low risk, normal pregnancy and delivery, and many specialize in out of hospital births. As a midwife, I see childbirth as a normal, physiological process, and believe in the strength my clients possess to go through to deliver their babies. We keep childbirth safe by working closely with our clients on many levels, from nutrition, movement, and education.
Is out of hospital birth safe?
My skills make me an expert in normal, low-risk pregnancy and delivery. This means that my job is, at its core, risk management and risk assessment. During your care, we are having ongoing conversations about your pregnancy, as well as monitoring for signs and symptoms that things are veering off of a normal course. I am constantly assessing and reassessing your care and thinking 'does this path we're on still look normal and low risk five steps ahead? How about ten?' If I ever have a feeling that the path we're on is heading towards an unsafe place, we have a conversation about your options and what we can do to create a safer birth for you and baby. I am trained in fetal heart assessment, IV therapies, life-saving medications, basic vital statistic monitoring, and resuscitation to ensure that I am always ready for the unexpected.
Do I need to see an OB?
In the state of Louisiana, my clients are required to see an OB for their initial prenatal visit to confirm the pregnancy and to help determine that out of hospital birth is a safe and reasonable option for you. The OB is not required to serve as backup for your delivery or to oversee your care once you enter midwifery care.
What are some things that would exclude me from midwifery care?
In accordance with the State of Louisiana, anything that requires a higher level of medical monitoring in your pregnancy would preclude you from midwifery care. The most common are:
- Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
- Twins or other multiple pregnancy
- Preexisting Diabetes Mellitus
- Preexisting Hypertension
- Current addiction to narcotics
- Confirmed diagnosis of HIV
- Any other issues that might require a cesarean delivery
Do you accept insurance?
The insurance companies we have had success with in the past are:
- United Health
- Health sharing programs
We are not currently in network with any insurance companies, so we suggest calling to ask them if they will cover Licensed Midwives.
We are excited to announce we are in the process of getting credentialed with Blue Cross Blue Sheild as well as Medicaid, which should open up access to care to many more people.
What if I want to pay cash?
We have a sliding scale system for our cash pay clients, which is based on self reported income level. We also have a no credit check financing option for cash pay clients who might need help with paying their fee. We
If this sounds good to you and you'd like to come in for a tour and discuss financial obligations further, we'd love to schedule a consultation to discuss your options and answer any questions you might have!