Twin Cities Midwifery
Giving birth is one of the most miraculous and transformative events in a person's life. Women have the innate ability to give birth with confidence and dignity. As families search for ways to reclaim the beauty and power of birth, more and more pregnant people choose to give birth with midwives. Midwives are experts in caring for healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies. Twin Cities Midwifery clients receive a level of personal attention and quality of care that is unparalleled in today's healthcare environment.
Delivering the Twin Cities:
- • Individualized care for the childbearing year
- • Shared decision making and informed consent
- • The birth experience you are envisioning
- • Continuity of care with your midwife
- • Birth in the comfort of your home
- • Exceptional safety standards
- • The opportunity of a Water Birth
- • Support and guidance for your whole family
Twin Cities Midwifery offers personalized maternity care provided by Kate Saumweber Hogan,
a licensed, certified professional midwife. Services include prenatal care, homebirth (including water birth), and postpartum care for mother and baby. Please click on the links below to learn more about each service:
Free Initial Consultation
Before choosing a midwife, it is important to have an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the care you will be receiving, and make sure you have found the right fit for you and your family. Twin Cities Midwifery offers complimentary hour long consultations just for that purpose. Partners and children are always welcome! E-mail or call (651-335-1283) to schedule a consultation at your convenience.
From the moment of birth, mom and baby are not separated, and any newborn checks or procedures can be done with baby in your arms or right next to you. Standard newborn procedures are all offered and discussed as options. These include options such as vitamin K (injectable or oral), erythromycin, newborn metabolic screening, hearing screening, and critical congenital heart disease (pulse oximeter screening). Newborn procedures are routinely delayed until after breastfeeding has been established, unless medically necessary. At each of your postpartum visits your midwife will not only be checking on you, but also be checking your baby's vitals, weight, and well-being.
Since postpartum is usually the time when more questions come up, we expect to see you and talk with you more often. The first few weeks of your baby's life is a huge transition for your whole family. Twin Cities Midwifery will have helped you prepare for this transition prenatally, and will be right there with you as the experience unfolds. Your midwife will call to check in around 12-18 hours after birth, and then stop by for a home visit around 24 hours and 3-4 days. Additional postpartum visits are scheduled at 1 week, 2 weeks, and 6 weeks. If there are any breastfeeding concerns or other issues, more visits are scheduled as needed. From your initial prenatal visit until your final postpartum visit, your midwife will be on call 24 hours a day for you and your baby.
Twin Cities Midwifery provides insurance billing services to make billing and insurance reimbursement smooth and easy. Many insurance companies and plans cover some, if not all, of the costs of having a homebirth. Coverage is plan dependent. Twin Cities Midwifery is covered at your out-of-network benefit level of coverage. At your first prenatal visit we will gather your insurance information and call your insurance company to do a benefits check. By asking very specific questions about your plan, we can get a better estimate of what costs you can expect your insurance company to cover. Twin Cities Midwifery works with families to make affordable payment plans that are unique to each family's situation.
Community and Resources
Your midwife has a plethora of community resources to share with you as various needs arise. From childbirth educators to chiropractors, and pediatricians to play groups, Twin Cities Midwifery is committed to helping our families get connected with all the resources they may need, even long after their last postpartum visit.
Clients can also look forward "TCM Events." These special classes, workshops, and gatherings for TCM families are planned every other month. They are offered in gratitude for the amazing women and families who make up Twin Cities Midwifery and are an opportunity to meet other Twin Cities Midwifery families and watch those babies grow!
Prenatal visits are scheduled monthly until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and then weekly until your birth. During these hour long visits your midwife is not only evaluating maternal and fetal well-being physically, but also checking in with you mentally and emotionally. Your midwife will provide education throughout your pregnancy and birth, discussing topics such as nutrition, supplements, preparing for birth, and transitioning into parenthood. Your partner, other children, relatives, and friends are welcome to accompany you for any of the visits you desire.
Throughout your care we will discuss the options of routine lab work and ultrasounds, providing you with the pros, cons, alternatives, medical standards, and other information you need to be able to make an informed decision that is right for you and your family. From establishing care at your first prenatal visit until your final postpartum visit, your midwife will be on call 24 hours a day for you and your baby.
Due Date Estimator
Safety is always at the forefront of the care provided by Twin Cities Midwifery. For healthy, low-risk women, giving birth at home with a certified professional midwife (CPM) is as safe or safer than being at a hospital. Birth is a normal life event, and women's bodies are made perfectly to give birth.
Imagine being in the comfort and warmth of your own home, surrounded by the people closest you to, with your favorite snacks and drinks available at a moment's notice. You can move and change positions as you please, and partners are welcome to help catch your baby. A few hours after you have given birth, established breastfeeding, had a nourishing meal, and are feeling settled, your midwife will tuck you in for a nice restful nap in your own comfortable bed.
Many women choose to labor and/or deliver in water, and enjoy it so much that it is sometimes termed "the midwife's epidural." Women often experience a greater freedom of movement from the buoyancy of the water and the warmth is relaxing and softens tension.
Twin Cities Midwifery is experienced and comfortable with water births. We can direct you to companies to purchase a tub, and, for the convinence of our families, Twin Cities Midwifery offers all inclusive water birth tub rental packages.
Meet Your Midwife
Kate Saumweber Hogan, CPM, LM
Kate is honored to be a part of each family's experience and loves watching couples grow into families, and children become siblings. She feels part of her job is to protect the first precious moments that parents have to meet their baby. Kate believes in the process of natural birth, the strength of women, and the natural power of women's bodies, especially when they are supported with midwifery care. She also believes in the ability for women and couples to make the best decision for their family, and feels that part of her role is to help educate families about their options and choices. Spending time with women and their families during the childbearing year is a passion of Kate's. Her wish is that every woman could know the power and wisdom of her body, and to know her true options in birth and the times surrounding it.
Kate is a certified professional midwife, licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Bastyr University's Department of Midwifery, formerly Seattle Midwifery School, a rigorous academic program coupled with lengthy practicum requirements. She is also an experienced birth doula, postpartum doula, nanny, and notary public. Graduating magna cum laude, Kate received a Bachelors in Music from Ithaca College, Ithaca NY, with minors in Women's Studies and Integrative Health Studies. During her midwifery training, she worked with three midwifery practices in the Twin Cities as an apprentice and completed a six week rotation at a birth site in Genova, Italy. She has been an active member of MCCPM (Minnesota Council of Certified Professional Midwives) since 2006, serving as a board member since January 2013. She is also one of three midwives on the Midwifery Advisory Council to the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Kate is a member of the Rainbow Health Initiative. As a doula, she has been attending births since 2004. She is the 2010 recipient of the Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership. Twin Cities Midwifery and Kate Saumweber Hogan were awarded honorable mention in the 2011 "Best of the Twin Cities Birth & Baby" Awards.
Kate lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and daughter, who was born at home.
Is homebirth safe?
Midwives specialize in normal, healthy pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. This also means that midwives are trained and experienced in recognizing when things fall beyond that normal range, and are able to see warning signs long before an emergency would occur. Your midwife carries supplies and emergency equipment to handle the most common complications of labor and birth. She and her assistant are certified in both adult and neonatal resuscitation. During your prenatal care, you will learn when it is safe to be at home and when we would need to go to the hospital. If there is a need for transport, your midwife will coordinate your transfer, making that transition as smooth as possible. She will accompany you to the hospital and stay with you as additional support and as your advocate.
If you would like to read more about the safety of home birth, TCM can provide you with the latest research and studies. You can read more about Twin Cities Midwifery statistics on the TCM Blog.
If I have a homebirth, will it be messy?
This is one of the first questions that often comes to mind when someone considers having a birth at home. Surprisingly, birth is not at all like it is portrayed in the media and it really isn't very messy. You will order a birth kit which includes large flat pads to help protect your bed and floor. Your midwife will start the laundry and clean up any sign of your birth before she leaves your home so your visitors won't even know where the birth happened! There isn't even very much trash, often barely enough to fill a kitchen sized garbage bag. You may have a second bag of trash if you are using a birth tub with a large plastic liner.
ContactSend a note or give a ring to schedule your complimentary consultation:
- EMAIL: MidwifeKate@TwinCitiesMidwifery.com
- PHONE: 651-335-1283
- FAX: 888-503-3229
Twin Cities Midwifery, LLC
- Now offering care at two convenient clinic locations, in Minneapolis' Longfellow
Neighborhood and at Synergy Family Physicians in White Bear Lake
Serving Minneapolis, St Paul, and surrounding areas