Frequently Asked Questions

You want a homebirth. You have questions. Homeborne has answers.

Who owns Homeborne?

Homeborne is owned by Anita Woods, a Certified Professional Midwife in the Kansas City metropolitan area since 2007.

How many births have you attended?

I have been attending homebirth since 2004, graduated midwifery school and became certified in 2007, and I have attended over 300 births in that time. I keep my practice small so that I may afford you all the time you need at appointments, and you get to know me on more than a clinical level, so you feel comfortable.

How much does homebirth cost?

The average vaginal birth in the hospital is between $9,000-$15,000, and a cesarean is $25,000-35,000. A homebirth with Homeborne is significantly less! You may notice that Anita Woods, CPM is one of the least expensive homebirth midwives in Kansas City, however that does not mean less skill or experience. It simply means Anita believes homebirth should be as accessible as possible to every woman, and her old-school, low-tech midwifery style that includes attachment parenting values is the perfect fit for those who enjoy this style of intimate midwifery. You are encouraged to interview more than one midwife and choose the one that makes you feel respected and cared for, that you feel safe and comfortable with like a true friend. As a direct-pay provider, insurance does not cover your homebirth with Homeborne, but discounts are available, and it is still a fraction compared to the average institutional vaginal birth. Many times the cash fee for a homebirth is less than a maternity deductible and co-pay. Plan your dreamy homebirth with a free consultation, or contact Homeborne.

How long will you allow me to stay pregnant before I have to transfer for induction?

First, take the words "allow" and "let" and get rid of them. I am not an authority over your body or baby; we work together as a team for health and safety. As long as everyone is healthy and motivated to continue to be patient for labor to begin, I watch you and baby closely but there is no cut-off for a healthy post-date pregnancy. On the opposite side of that, homebirth prior to 37 weeks is considered premature birth, and premature babies require extra care that is not available at home.

Do you practice delayed cord clamping?

Yes! The proper term for "delayed" cord clamping is physiologic cord clamping, as leaving the cord alone in the immediate postpartum causes the vessels themselves to close and cease perfusion without any intervention. Thus a provider who practices premature cord clamping is depriving baby of one-third their blood supply. The timing is typically after placenta has birthed and you have made the choice to clamp/cut the umbilical cord. Homeborne also encourages cord burning or lotus birth!

Do you attend waterbirth?

Yes! Anita Woods, CPM is a Certified Waterbirth Provider and herself gave birth in water. Approximately 70% of Homeborne clients choose waterbirth.

Do you have hospital privileges?

No, Homeborne exclusively attends homebirth.

How do you feel if I decline any testing?

I consider it my job to provide you with all the information you need about any test or procedure, so that you may make an informed choice with personal responsibility, including choosing to decline. Newborn procedures are treated with equal respect for your choices.

How many midwives or assistants are on your birth team?

I appreciate the apprenticeship method of midwifery training, and have occasionally accepted an apprentice in my practice, however presently work in solo practice. I also appreciate your need for privacy and intimacy at birth, and the use of a birth assistant is considered on a case-by-case basis. While my work as a midwife is also part doula, I love working with doulas if you would like to hire one yourself. But when you call Homeborne, you are calling Anita Woods's personal cell phone. There's no staff, no students, and no busy office.

If you have any further questions, book a free consultation!