The Midwives Model of Care

"The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social     well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle

Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support

  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical     attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section."


We provide the following services:

Midwifery Care

  • An initial consultation to see if we can work together     to offer you the care you desire for your growing family.
  • A second visit which includes a full physical exam,     appropriate prenatal lab work, and an in-depth review of your medical     history.
  • Prenatal checkups in our office every 4 weeks until 28     weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and weekly until birth.  This     includes a home visit at 36-37 weeks.  Each visit lasts about an     hour, during which time we perform the physical components of the prenatal     exam, as well as get to know each other.
  • Attendance at your labor and birth.
  • Two postpartum home visits. One approximately 24 hours     after birth, and one on day 3.
  • Newborn metabolic screening performed.
  • Three in-office postpartum visits; day ten, week three,     and week six.
  • A complete well woman exam at your six-week postpartum     visit to include family planning counseling and a pap test as needed.
  • All lab work is included in the global maternity fee.
  • 24-hour availability by telephone.

 Two qualified providers will attend every birth.  All equipment and supplies needed for your birth will be brought to your home.  These include; herbs and prescription drugs to control hemorrhage, oxygen for mother and baby, suturing supplies, and an electronic Doppler for monitoring the fetal heart rate during labor.  We also carry vitamin K and erythromycin eye ointment for baby. 

Our fee for midwifery services is $2700.  A discount of 15% will be granted for clients who pay in full by 16 weeks.  We accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards.  In some cases, we are willing to barter for services.  

We welcome clients who are seeking a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).   

Midwifery services available in the Flathead Valley and surrounding areas:   Kalispell  *  Whitefish  *   Bigfork  *  Columbia Falls  *  Eureka  *  Libby  *  Polson  *  Hot Springs  *   Lakeside  *  Hungry Horse  *  Coram  *  West Glacier  *  Plains  *  Kila  *  Helena  *  Avon  *  Seeley Lake  *  Ovando  *  Helmville  *  Swan Lake



Doula Support:

  • A free initial consultation to determine if we are the     right fit for you.
  • 2-3 visits to discuss birth plans and what you're looking     for in a doula.
  • Continuous support for your labor, delivery, and     immediate postpartum (2 hrs postpartum). 
  • Breastfeeding support. 
  • One postpartum visit to check on mother and baby, and     to review birth. 

The fee for doula services is $350

*When acting as doulas, Fern Creek Midwives cannot provide medical care or perform clinical tasks, including monitoring of the baby, checking vitals, and performing vaginal exams.