Student Midwife Care
The student-led midwifery program includes all of the same services as Midwife-led care with the following exceptions. You are under the direct care of a student midwife under supervision. The student-led midwifery program is only offered at the birth center and does not include home birth.
Cost: $2000 (or sliding scale)
*We assist you in procuring insurance reimbursement for either program when possible
What is the difference?
Under student care, all aspects of your care will be provided by a student midwife who is supervised by a licensed and experienced midwife. All hands-on procedures and prenatal education required for your care, for example, explaining gestational diabetes and conducting the screen, vaginal exams, delivering the baby, suturing when necessary and postpartum care, to name a few, are always performed by the student midwife under the close, in-person supervision and guidance of Dr. Sarita Bennett, or another licensed midwife on staff. Winding River Birth Center does not practice routine vaginal exams. However, if there were a need, all vaginal exams are done twice, once by the student and once by the midwife, to ensure that each assessment is correct.
Two students will be on-call at all times to attend the births for the student-led midwifery care. One student will be acting as the primary midwife and the second student will be acting as the assistant. When you call with a question, complication, or to inform us that you are in labor, your call will be routed to your assigned student midwife on-call for your birth. The student midwife will then conference with Dr. Bennett or the staff midwife on-call so that the three of you can discuss next steps together.
The supervising midwife will often be teaching and explaining to the student how to perform a skill using you as a model. She will describe what to look for, what to feel for and how to recognize and correct problems. At all times during the birth primary student midwives will be supervised by a licensed midwife who will be there to teach skills and to make sure that the student’s hands are doing what they need to be doing in critical moments.