Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you take insurance?
2. Do you accept Medi-Cal or offer a Medi-Cal discount?
Jessica is currently attempting to get approval to become a Medi-Cal provider, but this process can take 6 months+. Until that time comes, for mothers who have active Medi-Cal, i do offer a discount, and Medi-Cal should pay for both labs and ultrasounds for you.
3. Are there any financing options or payment plans?
Absolutely! Jessica offers personalized payment plans to ease the finances of the midwifery care or you can look into financing the birth with this company!
4. Can my children be with me at the birth?
Yes. I encourage family support at births, but also advise that children have at least one person dedicated to their needs. Often they get intimidated by the intensity of birth, or bored by it, and want to leave. Having someone just for them leaves the mother's mind at ease.
5. Do you do testing like an OB?
Yes. Obstetrical testing is pretty standard across the board, with the basis consisting of blood work, urinalysis, and ultrasounds. I have accounts for all of these.
6. Do I have to have all the testing, or can i opt out of some or all?
You may do as much or as little as you like. I will tell you why we do each one, and you have the right to decline. The state mandates some procedures and tests be done for either you or your baby. You may decline these. Some can have a verbal declination, some require a signed form. Its your family, and your decision.
7. I'm in the third trimester. Will you be able to take me on as a client?
As long as there are spaces available for you during your birthing month, we can work out getting your lab work and testing forwarded over from your current care provider and get you into the practice.
8. What happens if you have more than one mother in labor at the same time?
It is a rare occasion that i have two mothers in labor at exactly the same time, but it has happened to me twice. In both cases the mothers ended up delivering 6+ hours apart from each other. If this happens, a trusted colleague of mine will attend, "labor sit," the client who is progressing at the slower pace until my arrival.
9. Are doulas allowed to attend homebirth?
You may have anyone with you that you care to. I personally enjoy doulas and find that they can make your labor experience better.
10. Can I take pictures/videotape my birth?
Of course. While I, Jessica, am notorious photophobic, I can be cajoled into a picture or two, and I have no problem with photos being snapped around me, or video cameras running. I have even had a birth where the daddy was video conferenced in while on deployment overseas!
11. Can I have a waterbirth?
Absolutely! I have waterbirth tubs you can use or you can rent one of your own choosing from someone else, or in an ideal world, your bathtub is big enough for you to birth in. Either way, you can birth in the water if you choose.
12. Can i birth at Modesto Natural Birth Place?
Yes! You will need to sign the consent forms for the Birth Place in addition to the consents for Jessica.
13. Do you provide well woman service?
Yes! I love to work with women for their well woman care, whether it be for yearly exams or more in depth endocrine help. Please see our Well Woman care page for more information.