November 15, 2013


Coastal Maternity Care provides in-home and in-office visits for pre-conception, prenatal and postpartum for both mothers and babies.


Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is the foundation of a healthy pregnancy and birth. Prenatal care with a midwife includes nutritional and lifestyle counseling as well as extensive preparation for making informed choices during birth, postpartum and parenting. Coastal Maternity Care has a lab account and can order and draw most prenatal testing. If you are interested in genetic testing or ultrasounds, we can refer you.

A typical prenatal visit lasts a full hour and is composed of two parts. A physical exam of the mother and evaluation of fetal growth and wellbeing ensures that you and your baby are healthy and low-risk. Each visit will also have an educational component to help you plan for the healthiest pregnancy and birth you can have, and to prepare you for the challenges and wonders of caring for your newborn. Topics may include optimal nutrition and exercise, planning for labor and birth, conversations about family life, what to expect when breastfeeding a newborn, and more.

As your pregnancy progresses, you will be given access to resources and referrals to enable you, as an empowered consumer, to make the best decisions for your body, your baby, and your family.



The Coastal Maternity Care homebirth package includes:

  • prenatal care with visits in the comfort of your home
  • in-home labor and birth midwifery care
  • use of one of our La Bassine birth pools with all necessary supplies
  • all disposable homebirth supplies
  • postpartum care for 6 weeks after the birth for both mother and baby

Homebirths are offered for women who are experiencing normal pregnancies. Two licensed midwives will be present for homebirths.

Hospital Birth

For women who for personal or medical reasons choose to give birth in the hospital, Coastal Maternity Care can continue to provide midwifery labor support.


Postpartum Care

Postpartum care extends from the birth until six weeks postpartum. It covers care for the normal newborn and postpartum mother including: breastfeeding support, evaluation of newborn weight gain and overall health, baby care, and healing after the birth.



Coastal Maternity Care recommends that all women seek out a Childbirth Preparation Course, to help you prepare physically, mentally, and emotionally for the arrival of your baby. Having another perspective and forging bonds with other expectant parents can be a valuable experience and many women stay close to their classmates for years afterwards. For those who prefer not to seek an outside class, however, group and individual education sessions are available from Coastal Maternity Care. Some of the topics include:

  • Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth Preparation
  • Sibling Preparation
  • Breastfeeding
  • Introducing Solid Foods
  • Diapering and Pottying Options



Coastal Maternity Care is contracted with Favored Medical Billing, which will bill your PPO insurance. The first stage in the process is to apply for a Verification of Benefits through their website here. Select “Emily Deckenback – Coastal Maternity Care” from the drop-down menu of providers and enter your insurance information. Favored Medical Billing will contact your insurance company and obtain an estimate of your share of the cost vs what your insurance will pay.

Your financial responsibility prenatally is based on your coinsurance, co-pay, and out-of-network deductible. After your care has concluded at the 6-week postpartum visit, your insurance will be billed for the global fee for all care received. Coastal Maternity Care uses this system because it reduces the up-front costs that clients have to pay out of pocket, making midwifery care substantially more affordable. When you choose Coastal Maternity Care for your pregnancy and birth, we schedule an entire meeting just to discuss all the details of the financial arrangement, so you can ask any questions you may have and we can come to an agreement that is workable for everyone involved. In the meantime, Favored Medical Billing has a comprehensive FAQ section that may answer your questions.

Coastal Maternity Care is committed to making midwifery care accessible and affordable. Individuals who have an HMO or no health insurance are encouraged to contact us to discuss current fees, flexible payment options, and available discounts. Since the passage of recent legislation, it will soon be possible for Licensed Midwives in California to accept Medi-Cal. Coastal Maternity Care is pursuing this option and hopes to be able to accept clients with Medi-Cal soon.