Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

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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)

- Breech

- Twins or other multiple pregnancy

- Preexisting Diabetes Mellitus that requires medication to control

- Preexisting Hypertension

- Epilepsy

- Current addiction to narcotics

- Confirmed diagnosis of HIV

- Hepatitis

- Any other issues that might require a cesarean delivery

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Do you accept insurance?


We can bill many major health insurers at an out of

network rate:

- Humana

- United Health

- Cigna

- Health sharing programs

We work with Earthside Billing for insurance billing. She's an expert in midwifery billing and can help you determine what coverage might look like for you! Even though we are technically out of network, Earthside may be able to negotiate a gap exception for you that will help reduce your contribution and make midwifery care a reality for your family. 

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What if I want to pay cash?


We have a sliding scale system for our cash pay clients based on self reported income. We also offer no credit check financing for those who need extended payment options.

Ready to Meet the Midwife?

If all of this sounds amazing, and you're ready to take the next step to an empowered and informed pregnancy journey, send us a message to schedule a consultation, see the facility, meet the team, and discuss your financial options.


We can't wait to be a part of your team and watch your family grow! 

Shreveport Midwife Jaime Wessler, CPM, LM