Believe Midwifery Services, LLC is a privately owned midwifery practice earnestly seeking to offer evidence-based healthcare to women and their newborns. We are not independently wealthy or financially supported by large corporations, insurance contracts, or grants.
We have humbly detailed a practice wish list below that would allow us to better serve our clientele and assist the administration staff in maintaining a viable budget. We are a limited liability company, so charitable tax deductions can not be provided.
The midwifery team at Believe Midwifery Services would greatly appreciate any of the items listed below in effort to better serve mothers & babies.
Our expansion to two clinical sites has increased our needs for equipment and supplies. Currently we transport equipment back and forth as necessary, which certainly will limit the lifetime use of these not-so-inexpensive pieces of equipment, but it is exceptionally inconvenient and often increases cost to cover traveling expenses.
- A second fetal monitor would be incredibly helpful so that we can provide well-being testing to our clients who have experienced trauma, decreased fetal movement, or who have a high risk pregnancy or prolonged pregnancy. These are approximately $3,000.
- On occasion our practice will care for a neonate with elevated bilirubin levels, which can nearly always be treated in the privacy of one’s home if breastfeeding is going well. However, locating a rental source for a bilirubin blanket can be exceptionally challenging, and subsequently, if not secured would require admission of the neonate to the hospital. We would like to prevent this event by purchasing our own blankets to extend to clients as needed. These products range in price significantly and manufactures don’t tend to maintain the product in their inventory for long. We would need to get a quote on this item if we had an interested donor. However, we would be interested in minimal bells and whistles, yet solid quality to ensure a wise-investment.
- A second hearing screen to perform the state required neonatal hearing screens would be quite helpful, as we currently travel back and forth with this piece of equipment as well. This would be approximately $3,000.
One of our more extravagant wishes is to eventually obtain an ultrasound machine. This may never happen, but our motivation stems primarily from the reality that as skilled breech birth attendants have dwindled, so has those skilled in turning the breech baby. Dr. Soper, who had provided all our versions, retired in February of 2012. Dr. Lane can organize a workshop for learning breech-to-cephalic versions, but equipment must be available to utilize before we can offer these services to clients.
Dr. Lane has completed extensive ultrasound training and received quotes for various ultrasound machines. GE has offered a quote of $42,000 for a portable Vulson e. We have also found refurbished machines ranging from $19,999 to $31,000. However, these quotes were from several years ago. Admittedly, a far less expensive is likely available today.
Again, the ultrasound machine would continue to offer clients one more step for flipping their breech baby before facing the decision to birth their baby breech at home, or face a planned cesarean section in the hospital, but it would also allow the Nurse Midwife to offer GYN ultrasounds, fetal dating, fetal anatomy scans and biophysical profiles for triage and/or postdate pregnancies. Your donations and/or energy in making this a reality would be very much appreciated.
We are always searching for more books for our lending library, and DVDs covering the full spectrum of maternal and child healthcare.
We hope to fill our walls with canvases of our pregnant mommas, babies, breastfeeding and families. If you have a great photo that you’d like to share, or your photographer would like to have professionally printed and we would happily promote, we would be thrilled!!