What hospitals do you use if transfer is needed?

It depends upon insurance coverage. We are able to transfer to any number of area hospitals including Swedish, Virginia Mason, UW Medical Center (Montlake or Northwest locations)

Is midwifery care covered by insurance?

Yes! Almost all of the private plans with maternity coverage will cover our services as well as state insurance (DSHS). Our insurance billing specialist (Ingrid Skjelstad) works to verify coverage for each of our clients.

Is midwifery care safe?

Yes, studies show that for healthy individuals who have healthy pregnancies, midwifery care is a safe option. See resources under “Benefits of Midwifery” and “Safety of Home Birth.”

Can I have an ultrasound?

While Seattle Home Maternity does not perform ultrasounds, we can refer you to a trusted third party provider and review results with you. The cost of an ultrasound is not part of our services and will be billed separately, by the third party provider, to your insurance.

Can I have a water birth?

The SHM midwives have attended many water births and would be happy to talk to you about birthing in the water.

Do you practice delayed cord clamping?


Who is a good candidate for our midwifery care?

Any healthy person who desires midwifery care and wants to birth at home or in a birth center.