Midwifery Care

Lunaria Birth & Wellness provides a quality home birth option for families in the Central Texas area. Our midwifery care is tailored to fit you and your family's needs and desires. You will have a supportive midwife from beginning to end that truly listens to you. There is never any mystery to your care, as it's our goal to inform you of your choices and options, explain procedures, tests, and results with you, and allow you to be just as much a part of your care as we are. From the first day we meet you until the last, you'll always be heard and respected.

Our experienced midwife oversees maternity care, along with the assistance of student midwives and assistants, providing a compassionate team that prioritizes relationships and community building with clients. We can even offer a reduced visit schedule for experienced parents!​

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Our fees are ALL INCLUSIVE. What does our maternity care include?

  • Regular prenatal appointments (monthly until 28 weeks, every two weeks from 28-36 weeks, and weekly from 36 weeks until delivery). Even if extra visits are needed to check on you or baby, it's included in your care!

  • Routine lab work. All the standard prenatal and postpartum labs and screenings that you'd get with an OB, we can provide as well.

  • Continuous care with your providers

  • 24/7 urgent access to the on-call midwife

  • Telephone counseling

  • Anatomy scan ultrasound at 18-22 weeks

  • Labor and Delivery

    • Licensed midwife and fully trained birth assistants to assist you

    • Water birth available​

  • Postpartum care for you and baby (immediate postpartum after the birth until discharged from care, home visits to care for you and baby up to 6 weeks postpartum)

  • Vitamin K and erythromycin for your newborn, if desired

  • Antibiotics in labor if needed and desired

  • RhoGAM if needed

  • Full newborn exam at birth

  • Assistance with first latch or pumping if desired

  • Chestfeeding assistance through the postpartum period

  • Newborn screening tests at 24-48 hours and 1-2 weeks

  • CCHD screening for congenital heart defects

  • Postpartum mood screening, assistance, and referrals as necessary

 

We are birth workers because we care for families. We strive to leave our clients, local families and all birth better than we found it and provide access to safe, unbiased, quality maternity choices and care! We also provide payment plans and a need-based sliding scale to help make our fees affordable.

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So what IS the cost? 

Our inclusive price is $5200. The only additional costs are if you require non-routine labs or ultrasounds (this is rare) or if you are planning a twin or breech birth with us since those require additional birth attendants. Additionally, if you are unable to pay in full upfront, we can set you up on a monthly payment plan over the course of your pregnancy!

What about emergencies or if we need to go to the hospital?

We only take on normal, low-risk clients so there is a very low risk for complications. However, we are trained and equipped to handle some of the more likely scenarios that may come up, such as baby needing help transitioning to life outside of the womb and postpartum hemorrhage. Everyone involved in your care is CPR and NRP certified. Our midwives carry oxygen, IV supplies and fluids, anti-hemorrhagic medications, and suturing equipment. 

We are trained to immediately recognize when things start to deviate from normal. Using our knowledge and training, we may try a few professional "tricks" to get things back on course but if those don't work, we won't wait around. We'd much rather transfer to the hospital and everything end up being fine than risk the health of you or your baby just to stay put. Our transfer rate is just under 10%, but 9 out of 10 of those transfers are completely non-emergent. Most of the time, we transfer because clients need or want an epidural to rest or there's some unknown reason why things aren't progressing and we need a little more assistance than is available to us otherwise.

In the event we do have to transfer, we will facilitate as smooth of a transition as possible and continue supporting you as best we can. We'll call the accepting hospital ahead of time to alert them of the transfer situation and fax all records to them. Once you are discharged from the hospital, we can generally resume your six weeks of postpartum care for you and you baby as planned. When the situation allows, we transfer to Scott & White Temple and we have worked hard to establish a cooperative working relationship with the labor & delivery staff there to help ensure you receive respectful treatment and care. In an urgent transfer, we will transfer to the closest facility to your home. In a non-emergent transfer, we can transfer to the local hospital of your choice.

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Contact us to get more info or establish care today!

Placenta Encapsulation

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Lunaria Birth & Wellness is proud to offer placenta encapsulation services to families in the Central Texas area. Our package includes pick-up and drop-off services (if not already birthing with our team) and umbilical cord keepsake. 

Our trained encapsulators follow strict protocols to ensure that your placenta is processed in a safe and sanitary manner.