Childbirth the Way Nature Intended | Debbie Boucher CNM [Home Birth Practice] | BirthGuide Chicago

Childbirth the Way Nature Intended | Debbie Boucher [Home Birth Practice]

Address:
218 S. Main Street
2C
Wauconda, IL 60084

Home birth provider

  • Small (fewer than 900 births per year)

Outcomes:

Overall C-Section Rate (not risk-adjusted) - 3%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

Primary C-Section Rate (not risk-adjusted) - 3%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the LOWEST
low
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
Among the HIGHEST
High

VBAC Rate (not risk-adjusted) - N.A

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the HIGHEST
High
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
Among the LOWEST
low

Exclusive Breastfeeding Rate - 100%

As compared to Chicago-area hospitals, this rate is:
Among the HIGHEST
High
MEDIUM - HIGH
med-high
MEDIUM - LOW
med-low
Among the LOWEST
low
  • Number of VBAC deliveries per year- no data provided
  • Epidural Rate - 4%
  • Overall Induction Rate - 2%
  • Early Elective Deliveries - 0 %
  • Episiotomy Rate - 0%

COMMENTS ON OUTCOMES

All outcomes are self-reported and are not risk-adjusted.

C-section rate: C-section rates reported above reflect the number of women beginning labor at home in the care of the practice, who transport to the hospital and ultimately have a cesarean birth. This rate is not risk-adjusted, and should not be directly compared to rates for Chicago-area hospitals. However, if you qualify for care and begin your labor with the practice, the likelihood that you will have a cesarean birth is extraordinarily low.

VBAC rate: VBAC success rate is 100%. Note this measure is self-reported and reflects the ratio of women delivering with the practice who had a prior c-section who qualify for and choose a trial of labor and end up giving birth vaginally. Note that this is a different measure than the VBAC rate reported for hospitals in this directory.  See Glossary.

Epidural rate:  The epidural rate reported above reflects the number of women beginning labor at home in the care of the practice who transport to the hospital and ultimately have an epidural.

Induction/augmentation rate:  No medical inductions are undertaken at home.

Maternity Care Overview

“We provide natural childbirth delivery in your home. Recent studies have found that home birth is safe for low risk women. Women state many practical and personal reasons for choosing home birth. We support this decision and help you reach that goal by helping you stay healthy and low risk. We respect and honor your family’s preferences for your birth including water birth, sibling participation, delayed cord cutting, and more.”

“Woman-Centered Prenatal Care: ​Quality prenatal care starting between weeks eight to ten helps prevent pregnancy complications, and enables women to fully benefit from the care a midwife provides. It also helps women to stay healthy and low risk. Low risk women have more choices available to them in childbirth.

The midwife and the pregnant woman work together as a team during pregnancy to prepare her body and spirit for the work of childbirth. The midwife teaches proper pregnancy nutrition and exercises, emphasizing that these are the foundation of a healthy pregnancy and lead to a smoother labor and delivery. The woman takes responsibility for her pregnancy by following the diet, exercising daily, and practicing relaxation daily.”

 

INSURANCE

Click here to see Insurance Accepted.

[From the Childbirth As Nature Intended website]

“Some people think medical insurance won’t pay for home birth, but actually it usually does. Because we are licensed, we are allowed to bill to all insurance plans. If you have no insurance at all or you don’t have maternity coverage, then you can choose our self-pay rate which is considerably less costly. Hospital delivery will be covered at in-network rates.

The cost can vary a lot depending on your insurance situation. If you would like to learn more about how your insurance plan will cover your prenatal care and delivery, please contact us to schedule a free consult.”

Patient ​Acceptance ​Guidelines

Risk guidelines for accepting patients

The practice cares only for low-risk women. They offer the standard evidence-based lab tests throughout pregnancy, to ensure that women are low-risk. Ultrasounds are not routine, but may be ordered to rule out any potential conditions, or by patient request. The midwives collaborate with doctors when necessary and have relationships with  doctors around the Chicago area.

TRANSFER OF CARE AND TRANSPORT

  • 9% of mothers transported during labor
  • 1% of newborns transferred

The practice has back-up arrangements with three physician groups.

 

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

The practice offers childbirth classes that prepare you for birthing at home under their care.

Last updated: November 15, 2020
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