Frequently Asked Questions
Why is midwifery care different?
Midwives provide a highly personalized type of maternity care that provides families with a strong, connected start. Midwives take time to get to know each individual woman and her family, learning what she needs and wants and helping to empower her to be an integral part of her own care. Each midwifery appointment usually takes about 30 minutes and includes education and time for questions and answers as needed.
What type of midwives are you?
Lakeland Midwifery Care is staffed by Florida licensed midwives (LMs) who have completed at least three years of direct-entry midwifery education. As students, Florida LMs must attend at least 80 births and have more than 2,500 contact hours to be eligible for graduation and licensure. Florida LMs are licensed under F.S. 467.
What do you bring to a homebirth?
It feels like everything! We will bring all necessary clinical equipment and supplies including emergency supplies such as oxygen, medications, and materials for suturing.
Do you accept insurance or Medicaid?
We do accept insurances and Medicaid. Please see our Insurance page for more information.
When should I schedule my first visit?
Because first trimester care is important, we will schedule your first visit between 9 and 11 weeks gestation. Lakeland Midwifery Care also only accepts a specific number of women for each month, so be sure to call us early in pregnancy to ensure your spot.
Does your office do blood work and ultrasounds?
Yes, we perform all necessary blood work and medically necessary ultrasounds in our office.
What if SOMETHING happens at a home birth?
LMC midwives are trained to respond to emergencies that happen during birth. We complete a care plan for each individual woman that determines the nearest hospital and the plan in the event of transfer. The vast majority of transfers are non-emergent, but our midwives are trained to respond quickly and effectively.