FAQ

Lactation Room

Q: Do you do home birth?
A: Not at this time, unfortunately.  California is one of only nine states to require Physician supervision of Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners.  Home birth being explicitly excluded from Physicians’ malpractice coverage makes it impossible to “supervise” a Nurse Midwife doing home birth, therefore making it impossible for us unless we chose to work without supervision and without malpractice and liability insurance.  Working without this coverage would prevent us from being in-network with any health insurance plan as well as put us at personal and professional risk.  This prevents us from providing other woman the same type of birth that we all chose for ourselves.  The current law in California poses restraint of trade on Nurse Midwives and prevents women’s access to care.  Please support our bill AB1306, which will increase access to care by changing the language regarding Physician supervision.

Q: Are you opening a birth center?
A: Not yet. We encourage you to call the birth center in Sacramento.

Q: Do you deliver in the hospital?
A: Yes. In a landmark move to bring Nurse Midwife deliveries back to the hospitals in Sacramento County after a 30 year hiatus Camellia Women’s Health formed a collaborative MD/CNM practice with the help of our Nurse Midwives.  Together we deliver babies at Mercy San Juan Hospital. Yes, that’s right, Sacramento County had NO Nurse Midwives delivering in hospitals outside of the Kaiser system until 2017. We love our wonderful OB/GYN colleagues, please visit them at http://camelliawomenshealth.com

Q: Can I get a pap or yearly physical?
A: Yes! Call or email for an appointment.

Q: My teenage daughter needs to get on birth control and I want her to have a good experience.
A: We can do that!  Seeing a Nurse Midwife is a wonderful way for an adolescent to have a good first experience.  Did you know that pap smears are unnecessary under the age of 21? Contact us to find out more.

Q: Can you prescribe drugs?
A: Yes!  Birth control, antibiotics, and Domperidone, among others.

Q: Do you take insurance?
A: Yes, we are contracted with Aetna, United and TriCare West UHC. We also have reasonable cash rates.

Email us with any questions:schedule@sacramentomnm.com