Frequently Asked Questions for Midwives

What is a midwife?

A midwife is a trained health professional who helps people low-risk pregnancies, during labor, delivery, and after the birth of their babies. Midwives may deliver babies at birthing centers or at home, or CNM in the hospital.

What is the difference between a midwife and a doula?

Midwives and doulas are both people who help women during pregnancy and labor. Their roles in the childbirth are, however, very different. A midwife is a health care provider who provides you medical care, and a doula is a pregnancy and childbirth coach. You can choose to have a midwife instead of an OB for your care provider. A doula, on the other hand, doesn’t replace your care provider but assists your OB or midwife by providing you with emotional, physical, and informational support so that they only have to focus on your and baby’s medical needs.

How much does a midwife cost?

The cost of a midwife depends on their training, experience, and location. Most experienced midwives in the Salt Lake area charge $2,500-$7,000+. We charge $4,600 for our services. $500 is due at the start of care, another $500 at 20 weeks, and the remainder by 36 weeks.

What if I don’t want to birth at home?

We don’t currently have a birth center, but are hoping to have one in 2023! You also have the option of birthing at a hotel. Some people are concerned about the “noises” they make during labor and are turned off by this idea. However, hotels are not known for quiet neighbors and it isn’t usually an issue.

What if I decide I need medication? Will you support me?

Yes. We will support you in all your decisions. This is your birth. We help you get the birth YOU want. If you want an un-medicated birth, we will remind you of your goals and work with you using comfort and relaxation techniques. However, if you change your mind we will support you, transport to the hospital with you, and continue as your doula until you have delivered.

Do you offer photography as part of your midwifery package?

We encourage your to hire two separate professionals; that way we can focus on the health of you and your baby the entire time and the photographer will be focused on capturing each special moment. However, we often take pictures when you are not needing our support.

How do you involve my partner?

Partner helping with emotional support and counter pressure to pregnant wife during labor
Photo by: Maternal Focus

We love partners to be included in the birth experience, as far as they’re comfortable. We want partners to feel like they can help you through labor and be a part of the experience. We will discuss how involved they would like to be during birth and guide them to help make you comfortable during pregnancy and labor. We believe your partner has an intimate knowledge of you and we have an intimate knowledge of birth. Together, we make the ultimate team. We will help your partner feel included every step of the way.

How many visits do I get with you before and after the birth?

We know how important it is for parents to trust their midwife , so we always offer one free consultation. If you choose to hire us, we will meet several times before the birth, be there throughout active labor, and as often as you need after the birth for up to six weeks postpartum. You are, however, free to call, text, or email her any time with questions or concerns after you hire us.

What happens when I go into labor?

Salt Lake doula and midwife's assistant helping pregnant woman during labor at birth center
Photo by: Maternal Focus

Call Karina to let her know you think you may by in labor. She will keep in contact and once you are in active labor, she’ll grab her bags and be on her way.  She is available by phone for assistance until she is able to get to you.

What birthing techniques are you familiar with?

Karina is well versed with The Bradley Method, HypnoBabies, and Hypnobirthing Methods and is also a certified HypnoDoula and Bradley doula! She is certified in rebozo use, essential oils, acupressure, TENS-unit therapy, light touch massage and many other comfort techniques. She is also familiar with infant massage and can show you ways to help comfort and bond with your new baby.

Do you use a backup midwife in case you can’t make the birth?

Yes, always. If we’re unable to make the birth due to extenuating circumstances, we don’t want you to go without labor and delivery support. We work together with the Davis County Midwives and other midwives in the area in the event that this happens. You will have a chance to meet with the backup beforehand to make sure you are comfortable with her.

Are you a certified midwife ?

Yes! We currently hold a Certificate in midwifery, Neonatal Resuscitation, and CPR.

How long have you been a midwife and how many births have you attended?

Karina started as a doula in 2015 and began midwifery in 2018. She has attended over 300 births. Each one of them is unique and she enjoys being able to form a special bond with these families and help make their birth a peaceful one.