FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Althea Hrdlichka, CPM, LM, RM of Tender Gifts Midwifery & Birth Center wants you to know you have options when it comes to where you give birth. Tender Gifts Midwifery (www.tendergiftsmidwiferyandbirthcenter.com), has released a self-assessment guide for the many women now considering out-of-hospital births in light of recent events due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Midwives have been delivering babies at home for centuries. In more recent times, more and more women are choosing to give birth at home, as well as in freestanding birth centers that are not affiliated with hospitals. Althea has spent many years providing home birth services to women in this area and has recently been contacted by over four dozen families in the last two weeks looking to begin care with an out of hospital midwife, with the intent of giving birth at home. With the recent ACOG recommendations to only use a hospital when absolutely necessary, more and more women are realizing they are capable of a low-risk homebirth. To accommodate as many families as possible during this crisis, Althea has lowered the fees associated with late-term transfers and is offering telehealth services (except for essential in-person appointments). Her and her staff are screening for symptoms through telemedicine services to ensure safety during in-person appointments.