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Frequently-Asked Questions

Is homebirth safe?

There are no guarantees with birth whether you have your baby at home or the hospital. *Homebirth has been shown to be a safe option for women who are healthy and don’t have any medical conditions that would put them or their baby at risk. Some women have health concerns that indicate that it would be safer for them to birth in a hospital (i.e. Diabetes, seizure disorders, and untreated drug addition). Others will develop problems in pregnancy indicating it would be safer to birth in the hospital with a Certified Nurse Midwife or Physician (i.e. Pre-eclampsia, Interuterine Growth Restriction, and placenta previa). A midwife is trained to identify risk factors and consult and/or refer to other providers as needed. If you have question about your individual health and safety issues please call for a free consultation.

Will my health insurance cover homebirth?

Great Falls Homebirth is not contracted with any insurance companies in Montana. Individuals pay the full price for complete maternity care, then a claim can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. Insurance companies reimburse for non-contracted provider approximately half the time. I have a medical billing expert who can check benefits and determine at the beginning of care whether or not you are likely to be reimbursed.

Will you travel to my area for a homebirth?

I am happy to travel about an hour and a half for births. Your proximity to a hospital may be a factor as to whether or not a homebirth is appropriate. Please call with any specific questions regarding your location.


*“The largest study of home births attended by Certified Professional Midwives, as published in the British Medical Journal has found that home birth is safe for low risk women and involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals.” –Citizens for Midwifery fact sheet 2005 - www.cfmidwifery.org/pdf/CPM2000.pdf