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  • Writer's pictureSandy Glenn, LM MBC

Questions & Answers

DO I QUALIFY TO USE CWB?


CWB accepts healthy moms with healthy pregnancies who are willing to eat healthy, take a food-based prenatal vitamin, exercise and drink lots of water. Most women will qualify if they come to care early and are diligent with their personal care.


ARE THERE SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR FIRST-TIME MOMS?

Yes, first babies are difficult so we are extra diligent with our requirements and our screening process for these families. You are required to attend our childbirth series and you must begin care by 20 weeks (unless you are moving to our area and have midwife charts available). We highly recommend our doula services to help you through this process.


HOW LATE CAN I TRANSFER TO CWB?

If you are moving to the area, it is possible to come to CWB as late as 35 weeks gestation, but it will be difficult to 'catch up,' so please come as early as possible. You should also begin by scheduling an initial appointment and request a virtual visit before your move. You will then be able to fill out our client portal with medical history and we will reserve your due date on our calendar.


Keep in mind that midwifery and obstetrician care are distinctly different. Midwives focus on preventative care so waiting until the end of pregnancy to choose CWB may mean that you no longer qualify for our services.


DOES CWB ACCEPT INSURANCE?

We do our best to accept most insurance plans and utilize a specialist in birth center services. Even if we are out-of-network with your plan, we offer prepayment negotiated contracts. Request a link to verify your coverage.


DO YOU ACCEPT MEDICAID?

Yes, we accept the state plan (SC Solutions) and the managed care plan Absolute Total Care. While none of the plans cover everything that a midwife is required to do, the cost is minimal.


HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE BIRTH?

Birth is a private event and we have discovered that the peaceful, intimate births go faster and seem easier for the mom. While we want you to have your support system, you must limit it to your partner. An additional support person is acceptable IF they have had a natural birth before and are fully supportive of your choices. Birth is not the time to discover differences or to have conflicting ideals.


WHEN WILL I GO HOME AFTER DELIVERY?

CWB is an outpatient facility. Our goal is to have you back in your own bed by 4 our 5 hours after delivery. Of course you and the baby should both be stable and the baby should have nursed well.


We will do a home visit for local families after delivery to check for jaundice and to help with breastfeeding.



WILL I BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK?

You can wear a mask if you choose, but we don't recommend it.


WHAT ABOUT GLUCOSE TESTING (GTT) AND GROUP B STREP (GBS)?

While neither of these test are required, they are recommended. Keep in mind that we do not require the fasting and then glucola beverage for glucose testing and we do not recommend IV anti-biotics for positive GBS. Since our testing policies are easier than the standard OB testing, we consider these test to be great tools for learning about how your body is reacting to outside influences during pregnancy.

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