In Partnership!

As midwives, we do a lot. We work hard, caring for our clients, holding all their stories, their hopes, their fears, their families, and their medical health and well-being in our hands and minds. Constantly! We also run a business and that’s a whole other can to hold, contain, and work hard on. Well, as you’ve seen on social media and in our newly redone website, Portland Natural Birth now has two awesome midwives to provide all your amazing care and hold all that we hold, but we get to do it as two midwives instead of one now! And you bet we are excited about this!

Many of you have already helped me welcome Jaime into the practice and many of you will lovingly recall her as she attended your birth as a student midwife. I’m so excited to be working as midwifery partners now with Jaime. She brings great energy, education, skill and intuition as a midwife… things we hold in high regards around here!

Once we made the partnership official we realized we should get new pictures taken. We were also busy sprucing up the website to add Jamie’s bio and flare to our midwifery practice.

So, I talked with a favorite photographer of mine and Jaime and I got to do a fun photo shoot with the amazing Jen Berryman. We chose one of my go-to in town hiking spots, Powell Butte. And the day did not disappoint! Mount Hood was shining her beautiful brilliance and the grasses were glowing. Obviously, we love the outdoors, so that was a no-brainer to have our pictures taken outside. Jen was able to capture our smiles as well as the face of Mount Hood- which I just love showing off!

So, as we go forward with two dedicated midwives, with many years of experience between the two of us, you can expect the same relationship based care, completely individualized for your families plus knowing now two of us have your back! We’ll continue providing full continuity of care. What exactly does this mean? It means Jaime and I are both committed to attending most, if not all, of our clients’ prenatal appointments and being at the birth with continued postpartum visits and care. Occasionally (we are human after all!), we will have pre-planned time off and if this falls during your appointments or birthing time, we have your covered! You will always have at least one of us attending your appointments and birth, plus our great student, Kyra (more to come about her later!). With a smaller client load per month, and few off- call times, it’s rare that one of us misses a birth, but we always want to make sure our clients are well taken care of and this was an important reason for becoming a midwifery partnership. We’ll bring on another community midwife to act as an assistant midwife if one of us is gone, but you will still have your support system that you’ve come to know and trust over your pregnancy. We know this makes a big difference for birthing families!

Please reach out if you have any questions or just want to say hi to us! If you’re a past client, we love getting pictures of Portland Natural Birth babies growing up, so email us with any of those pictures! And if you are currently pregnant and interested in meeting us, send us an email or fill out the consultation form and we’ll get right back to you!

Do we take insurance? You bet!

Oh, the world of insurance and insurance billing!  It can be overwhelming to be pregnant but then also trying to figure out how much your birth will cost your family can be downright exhausting!

We are here to help you wade through this whole process- from finding out you are pregnant, to getting scheduled for your first prenatal appointment to figuring out how much your insurance will pay!

At Portland Natural Birth, we happily bill your insurance for you for your midwifery care and homebirth.  Mirra worked at a birth center for many years where she learned all the ins and outs of insurance billing.  It was enlightening;) She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty calling up the insurance companies if needed.  We are out-of-network with all insurance companies.

So what does that mean?  Most insurance plans have two pathways- in network and out of network.  In network providers are contracted with your insurance plan and you are given a list of who these providers are.  Often, in network benefits have low deductibles and low member co-insurance.  Out of network providers are not contracted with insurance plans and thus, out of network benefits often bring higher deductibles and less coverage.  Sometimes, these deductibles are shared, which is beneficial for you.

Although we are out of network and you may have a higher deductible, our lower-than-the hospital costs usually make a big difference.

Our fees are all inclusive, called a Global Maternity fee– it’s prenatal, birth, and postpartum care all rolled into one fee.  We collect your co-insurance during your pregnancy and then after your birth we bill your insurance company this global maternity fee.

There aren’t any extra fees for us to bill your insurance company, so if you do have private insurance, out of network benefits, and homebirth coverage come schedule an interview so we can chat about what a homebirth with Portland Natural Birth could look like!

Come see us at Luna Chiropractic!

Your Portland Natural Birth Midwives have a new clinic space!  

We are so excited to start seeing clients in the wonderful Luna Chiropractic offices.  They are located on NE Russell and MLK, just above Russell Street BBQ and Goldrush Coffeeshop (333 NE Russell Street, Suite 200).

We will be seeing clients on Mondays in this clinic and continuing to offer homevisits for prenatal and postpartum appointments on our other appointment days throughout the week.

We are really happy about this collaboration with other healthcare providers.  Sharing clinic space with these wonderful practioners is not only great for us but wonderful for YOU!  Luna Chiropractic specializes in prenatal and postpartum chiropractic treatments and gladly treats your baby as well.  They are both knowledgable and very personable.  We have no doubt that if your body needs some work, you’ll love working with them as much as we do!

In addition to the chiropractors, a naturopath, acupuncturist and counselors are also sharing clinic space- most of whom are also providing support for mamas and families. Make sure to check out
Luna Chiropractic’s website if you want to learn more.  A new, comprehensive website with all the healthcare providers practicing in their clinic, including us, will be finalized soon.