Lisa Baldwin, CPM
Certified Professional Midwife
Lisa Baldwin is a Certified Professional Midwife serving Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. "I apprenticed under Barbara Lahey, CPM for five years. I am also a DONA-trained doula. I have over 25 years of childbirth, breastfeeding, and holistic mothering experience. I have extensive knowledge and experience in fertility awareness and ecological breastfeeding."
Lisa is the mother of sixteen children. Fifteen of them (including one set of twins!) were born at home with the support of an amazing midwife. "It is my hope to offer the same kind of support that I was blessed with throughout my childbearing years. I believe each healthy woman has the strength to bring her baby into this world according to God’s design. My goal is to help pregnant women draw out that strength with information, support, and encouragement throughout pregnancy, labor, and motherhood. As an advocate of woman-to-woman support. I believe it is our duty to pass our experiences down from one generation to the next"..
Shelly Varelli, CPM
Certified Professional Midwife
Shelly Varelli is a Certified Professional Midwife serving Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. It is my honor to have trained and now be supported, and work alongside other midwives at Trillium Birth Services, Nine Short Months Birth Center, Northwest Ohio Birth Services, and the Toledo Midwives.
Shelly is the mother of three children and has been working with pregnant people as a doula, midwife assistant, and massage therapist for over 20 years. She has an extensive medical background and has studied many holistic practices. She brings all this knowledge forward when working with clients. When not at work, you will find Shelly hanging out with her family, assisting other community midwives, or living it up with friends in the Old West End (Toledo, Oh).
What is a CPM? A Certified Professional Midwife is a midwife who has specialized training in home birth, and has passed an examination administered by the North American Registry of Midwives (www.NARM.org) which establishes her skills and knowledge regarding safe midwifery practice.
Midwife Role: The midwife will engage in shared decision-making by providing evidence-based information, resources, and recommendations regarding clinical care. The client is responsible for making decisions regarding their personal health and their baby’s. Within our practice we offer informed-decision making, clients will receive verbal and written information regarding screenings and treatment, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Clients have the freedom to choose or decline recommendations.
Midwifery Care: OHMI Midwives have established business practices according to the Midwives Model of Care (cfmidwifery.org). We provide care for low-risk, healthy individuals throughout the childbearing years. All births will be attended by two midwives, or with one midwife and a trained/skilled birth assistant.
About OHMI Midwives
An Individual-Mother-Centered Approach
As professional, community-based midwives, we help bridge the gap between traditional midwifery, evidence-based practices, intuition, wisdom, and decades of experience directly to you! We feel so honored to help provide Toledo area families and individuals with a safe, meaningful start to pregnancy and parenthood.
Certain parts of pregnancy are best understood by tuning in and listening... At OHMI Midwives, we understand that each journey is unique. Within each appointment, we will take time to focus on your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health -creating a personalized, holistic care plan for each client. Autonomy and informed decision-making are hallmarks of our midwifery care.
"Within our practice, we aim to provide inclusive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care that is compassionate, respectful, and culturally appropriate for each individual client, parent, baby, and family. We have a personal and professional passion for helping people feel empowered, knowledgeable, and confident."
Description of Services: Comprehensive midwifery care spans conception, pregnancy, birth, and 6 weeks postpartum - though support does not end there. As a client, you have access to our continued support and resources for up 6 months postpartum, as needed!
Midwifery Fees: $4400. for comprehensive care as stated above. No reductions for those coming in 'late to care' or for catching your own baby (we fully support that!). Payment plans and reduced income rate of $3400 available for families making less than $50k/yr.
If you are pregnant and inquiring about homebirth midwifery services, and you live in the Toledo area (within 60 miles) please complete the attached inquiry form. We will reply with additional information after your form has been reviewed.
Shelly Varelli & Lisa Baldwin, CPM
Certified professional midwives offering homebirth services in Toledo, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
5166 Monroe St. Suite 301.Toledo, OH 43623 USA
What is the fee for your midwifery homebirth services?The full fee for all prenatal care, delivery & postpartum care (mother and baby up to 6 weeks) is $4,400.00. Due by week 37 of pregnancy. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required at your first official prenatal visit and will be applied to your overall balance. There are no fee reductions for late to care, or late transfer clients.
How do I set up a consultation?First, you will need to fill out out brief online inquiry form, located on our website homepage. As a beginning point of care, we typically schedule a one-hour initial consultation. If you are partnered it would be ideal for both of you to be present for this meeting. During this time, we will tell you about ourselves, our typical procedures, what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you. Additionally, we will take time to ensure that you are a good candidate for homebirth and that we are a good fit for you. There will be plenty of time to address all of your questions. Visits are scheduled on Mondays from 10-6pm, and Tuesday evenings 5-7pm, and occasional Fridays as needed. Meetings take place at our office located at 5166 Monroe St, Ste 301 Toledo, Ohio.
Do you take insurance?No, not directly. Unfortunately, we do not handle insurance claims, though we can submit some labwork to your insurance on your behalf. We have had great success with HSA plans and some Christian ministry health shares. We will provide you with an itemized bill that you will file as a claim after the birth in order for you to get reimbursed. Regardless of your intention to file a claim, we require payment before the birth, ideally by 36 weeks of pregnancy. Some insurances will pay and some will not. It depends on your employer's plan with the carrier. (For ex. Paramount or Buckeye will not). You will want to call your company and determine if your plan has ‘Out-of-Network’ Maternity coverage. YOu will need to ask if you have "out-of-network coverage". Then find out what your deductible is, what percentages are covered, and what you have to pay out of pocket.
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