Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns Homeborne?

Homeborne is owned by Anita Woods, a Certified Professional Midwife 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 roughly 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 can be significantly less! You are encouraged to choose the midwife that makes you feel respected and cared for, that you feel safe and comfortable with like an old friend. Choosing a homebirth midwife based upon cost may not be the safest choice. 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?

I prefer to call it 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, including the choice for cord burning or lotus birth. This is often an hour or more after birth, and only when you express you are ready.

Do you attend waterbirth?

Yes! I am a Certified Waterbirth Provider and have myself given birth in water. Approximately 70% of my clients choose waterbirth.

Do you have hospital privileges?

No, I exclusively attend 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. I also appreciate your need for privacy and intimacy at birth. The use of a birth assistant is considered on a case-by-case basis, and 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 cell phone. There's no staff, no students, and no busy office. You know who is going to always answer that phone.

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

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