Start Prenatal Care

Thank you for being interested in starting your prenatal care at The Midwife Center. Our goal is to offer you high-quality, client-centered pregnancy and wellness care. To ensure a smooth entry into starting prenatal care with us, we ask that you take the steps below before your first prenatal appointment. If you've seen us for gynecological care or for a prior pregnancy, please follow these steps as well.

If you are seeing another provider and would like to transfer into care, please scroll down for some additional steps below.

1. Ensure that care at The Midwife Center is right for you

More than 80% of women are low-risk for complications for pregnancy and birth, so most women are good candidates for midwifery and birth center care. Midwifery and birth center care is best for healthy individuals who are ready to take an active role in their health care. We ask that you work with The Midwife Center staff to keep healthy and low-risk for the entire pregnancy and birth by:

  • Attending all appointments
  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Continuing to exercise in preparation for birth and recovery
  • Attending required classes as necessary
  • Becoming educated by reading from many different resources
  • Asking questions during prenatal visits
  • Taking advantage of community resources

Please learn more about receiving care at The Midwife Center at Frequently Asked Questions. 

2. Schedule an orientation

If you are planning your first out-of-hospital birth or if you're unsure where you'd like to have your baby, please attend one of our required orientations. If you've attended orientation in the past you are welcome, but not required, to attend again. Please schedule your orientation by calling the front office at 412.321.6880.

Please note that you are welcome to fill out our Request to Establish Care form (see step below) before attending orientation.

3. Fill out our Request to Establish Care form

Please complete our Request to Establish Prenatal Care form. It may take up to 2-3 business days for our staff to respond to your request to establish care.

4. Fill out your health history

Once we receive your request to establish care we will contact you with next steps, which include filling out your health history in our electronic health record. This information will help our providers prepare for your first appointment, so please be as detailed as possible. This must be completed for each new pregnancy. You must fill this out again even if you've received care at TMC before.

5. Review and sign your financial estimate agreement

After we receive notification that your electronic health record is complete, we'll provide you with a financial estimate agreement. This estimate will include your out-of-pocket expenses based on based on your insurance plan's coverage for maternity care (prenatal and birth). We ask that all estimated out-of-pocket expenses be satisfied by the 32nd week of pregnancy. We will work with you to establish a payment plan if needed.

Please visit our Insurance & Payment page.

6. Return your financial estimate agreement and schedule your first appointment

Once you return your financial estimate agreement to TMC, we will contact you to schedule your first appointment. We ask that you set aside at least one hour for your first appointment.

If you are transferring from another practice, you must also do the following:

1. Provide your medical records for TMC to review

If you are 20 weeks pregnant or more, we must review medical records from your current provider before we can schedule your first prenatal appointment. This process can be lengthy at times. We recommend physically obtaining your records and bringing/faxing them to TMC as soon as possible.

2. If you're past 32 weeks pregnant

Because of the personal nature of our relationship with clients and the care we provide, we unfortunately cannot accept clients who are past 32 weeks pregnant.

If you have questions about our intake process, please contact us at 412.321.6880 x211

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