The Concious Birth Philosophy
Our team has been hard at work for years to make home and water birth a safe and affordable option in Bermuda. There have been many positive changes both inside and outside the hospital. We still have a ways to go, but as the saying goes, “The only constant is change.”
This page will help you answer questions about my services and the practices of Midwifery and home birth on the island. If you are interested in exploring your home birth options, please contact us for an initial consultation so that we may connect you to a Midwife. We looking forward to hearing from you.
Lotus Home Birth Offerings
- Whole Foods Nutritional Counseling
- Herbs, Homeopathy and Access BARS Therapies
- Professional Home Birth Midwifery Care for Labor, Birth and Postpartum
- Heated Water Birth Tuband home birth supplies
- An extensive lending library of books and DVDs
- Belly and Breast casting in your home
- Placenta Encapsulation Service
- 4 two hour Conscious Birth Education Courses
- Prenatal Yoga Classes
- Initial Consultation $150
- Lotus Administration Fee $850
- Professional Midwifery Fee $3500
- Midwife Assistant Fee $1200
- Lotus Certified Doula Fee $600
- 4 week Conscious Birth Course $300
- Prenatal YOGA Classes $25 Drop in or $200 for 10
Find The Doula That's Right For YouIf you are interested in having a Doula to support you at your home birth, we will provide you with a list of Doulas who work well as part of the home birth team.
Certified Lotus Doulas
Angela Sainsbury, CLD
Cynthia Hassell, CLD
Note: Doulas provide physical and emotional support and do not assist the Midwife medically in any way.
Lotus Bermuda Registered Midwives
Susan Cassel RN, CNM
Deb Gowen RN, CNM
Colleen Donovan- Batson RN, CNM
Certified Midwife Assistant
Sophia Cannonier CD(DONA), CMA
How Can a Trained Birth Assistant Help You?
It is suggested that you hire a Trained Birth Assistant to help the Midwife during the birth. I will provide a list of qualified assistants at our Hello visit, and you can interview and hire whoever suits you best. You will agree on a fee and pay the Trained Birth Assistant that you hire directly. Fees range from $600-$1000.
It is not necessary to hire Trained Birth Assistant and a Doula. However, many clients have expressed their satisfaction with having both. A Doula’s role is completely separate from the Trained Birth Assistant.
The Birth Assistant skills list includes:
- Vital signs of Mother and Baby
- Check fetal heart tones
- Monitoring and assessing contractions ( surges)
- Dilation checks
- Labor Coaching
- Bloodborn pathogens
- Oxygen equipment and use
- Delee use
- Sterile technique:instruments, packs,drawing up injections, preparing for birth, preparing for stitching
- Fundal massage
- Newborn care
- Apgar scoring
- Assisting with breastfeeding
- Basic knowledge of complications and emergency procedures for labor, birth and postpartum
- Certification for CPR and Neonatal Resusitation (NRP)
- Knowledge of common variations of normal
- Preparing the IV
Along with your Midwife, your Birth Assistant will be on-call for you 24/7 from 37 weeks until delivery. She will also be part of the Birth Team visit with your Midwife and Doula.
When you are in labor, the Birth Assistant will generally be called early in labor to assist with set up of birth tub and birth supplies and then again towards the end of labor to assist the Midwife. They will also stay for a few hours after the birth to assist with cleanup.
If you are interested in becoming a Birth Assistant for home birth clients and you meet all of the criteria, please complete an application form.
Will Insurance cover home birth?
At present, all of Bermuda’s major insurance companies provide partial coverage for midwifery and homebirth services. You will need to verify benefits and get an in-network exception prior to starting care. This form will help you with the process. If you would rather someone else did the negotiating with your insurance company, then you can contact Midwife Business and Billing. They will verify benefits and request an in-network exception for $20.
There are a few aspects of a homebirth that insurance will not cover yet. Birth Assistant Fees will most likely not be covered by insurance and range from $600-$1000. Certain companies will not reimburse for the home birth supplies and water birth tub which is usually billed at $400.
Self pay and Pre-Pay Discounts
Self Pay Clients will need to pre-pay for services, and will receive a 25% discount. Insured clients may also choose to pre-pay for discounted services and then get reimbursed from their insurance company.
Our Commitment is to Work with You
- Payment plans
- Self-pay discounts
- Early-pay discounts
- Pay with a Credit Card
- Payment plan extensions
- Financial Hardship discounts