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Citizens for Midwifery

Midwives' Association of Washington State

Read Miriam Perez's article about home birth and midwifery in Washington State featuring SHMS midwife, Suzy Myers. Click here to read>

Client's Bill of Rights
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Is out-of-hospital birth safe?

“The largest study of home births attended by Certified Professional Midwives, as published in the British Medical Journal has found that home birth is safe for low risk women and involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals.” –Citizens for Midwifery fact sheet 2005 - click here for a pdf from the Citizens for Midwifery web site.

Home Births 'as Safe as Hospital' - New study from the Netherlands - the "largest study of its kind has found that for low-risk women, giving birth at home is as safe as doing so in hospital with a midwife." Read an excellent summary of the study by midwife Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM, who worked with SHMS as a student midwife.

Will my Health Insurance Company or medical coupons pay for an out-of-hospital birth?

Seattle Home Maternity Service contracts with most insurance companies including:
Group Health, Premera, Regence, Uniform Medical Plan, Molina, CHPW, First Choice, United, Aetna, Cigna and DSHS/Medicaid. If you have other coverage, please contact Victoria Malloy, who processes our billing and is available to answer any questions you may have about your insurance coverage. Victoria can be reached at (206) 932-0870 or by email at