Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions or would like more information about the services provided at Empowered Pregnancy we encourage you to contact us at empoweredpregnancies@gmail.com or call us at (425) 549 3444.

Physiologic birth is the support of labor and birth as a normal process that requires little intervention. Our trained doulas will provide labor support to the birthing family and act as advocates for their birth desires. Our certified nurse midwives act as guardians of the birth space within the context of safety. We will make every effort to honor the wishes of the laboring woman while ensuring that both she and her baby are safe. We believe labor and birth are to be supported, not managed.

If you are a healthy woman having a normal pregnancy and desiring a natural birth, then midwifery care may be the most appropriate choice for you.

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A BIRTH CENTER DELIVERY IF:

  • You are pregnant with only one baby
  • You have never had a c-section or surgery that caused a scar on the uterus
  • You have never been diagnosed with a uterus malformation such as bicornuate uterus
  • and You have a body mass index of 40 or below

Physiologic birth is the support of labor and birth as a normal process that requires little intervention. Our trained doulas will provide labor support to the birthing family and act as advocates for their birth desires. Our certified nurse midwives act as guardians of the birth space within the context of safety. We will make every effort to honor the wishes of the laboring woman while ensuring that both she and her baby are safe. We believe labor and birth are to be supported, not managed.

Instances that would cause disqualification of delivering at a birth center include:

Having fetal defects or malformations that put the baby at elevated risk of needing an elevated level of care after delivery.

Smoking of tobacco products or vaping after the 1st trimester.

And drug or alcohol use during any time of your pregnancy.

 

COMPLICATIONS IN PREVIOUS PREGNANCIES SUCH AS:

  • Severe preeclampsia
  • Preterm delivery before 32 weeks
  • Shoulder dystocia that resulted in fetal or maternal injury
  • Severe postpartum hemorrhage that resulted in treatment of a blood transfusion
  • Inverted uterus
  • And other birth complications that the midwife feels puts you at an increased risk of delivering out of hospital

SEVERE OR UNCONTROLLED CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS THAT WOULD DISQUALIFY YOU FROM HAVING A BIRTH CENTER DELIVERY SUCH AS:

  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Type I or II diabetes
  • Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism
  • Certain cardiac conditions
  • Or any condition the midwife feels is unsafe for the mother or baby

 

If at any time during labor it becomes unsafe for mother or baby to continue delivering at the birth center there are protocalls in place to ensure smooth safe transitions to a higher level of care in the surrounding area.

If there are any changes during pregnancy that make it unsafe for mom or baby to delivery in the birth center we have providers Empowered Pregnancy can refer you to or you will need to choose a new provider.

A Certified Nurse Midwife is a skilled health care provider who exemplifies professional, personalized family-centered care. Midwives have extensive training and examination for licensure that focus on maintaining health and helping women make informed decisions about their health and maternal needs. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) primarily attend births in hospitals and birth centers, as well as the occasional home-birth.

 

Midwives believe in facilitating natural childbirth whenever possible. Midwives take the time to carefully monitor the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of the mother, as well as providing emotional support, and will help you make choices that are best for you during labor and postpartum.

Research shows that being taken care of by a midwife, and giving birth outside of a hospital:

  • Makes it less likely you’ll have a cesarean section.
  • Makes it less likely you’ll have an induction, have an episiotomy, or need forceps or vacuum to deliver your baby.
  • Makes it more likely baby will breastfeed well.

Most importantly, for normal healthy low-risk pregnancies, giving birth outside of a hospital with a midwife has been shown to be as safe as having a baby in a hospital while providing a more pleasurable birth experience.

If you are a healthy woman having a normal pregnancy and desiring a natural birth, then midwifery care may be the most appropriate choice for you. Midwifery care is covered by private insurance carriers, Medicare, Medicaid, and most other insurance plans in Washington.

You are more than welcome to bring your own doula as well as a support team. If you do not have a doula and would like one our trained doulas can provide labor support to the birthing family and act as advocates for your birth desires.

Currently we accept coverage from the following insurance providers:

Athena

Athena Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Blue Cross and Blue Shield

CIGNA

Coordinated Care

First Choice

Kaiser Permanente

Medicaid

Medicare

Moline Health Care

Premera Blue Shield

Regency Blue Shield

Tricare Healthnet-West

United Health Care

 

CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE AGENCY IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR COVERAGE, AS SOME POLICIES DIFFER.

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