Birth consultants are relatively new to Long Island, but are more common in other places. These “jacks of all trades” have a foundation of knowledge in all things pregnancy related. Birth consultants are typically RNs or other medical professionals with extensive experience in reproductive endocrinology and/or obstetrics. Given the increasing number of couples seeking fertility treatments, it’s no wonder that these professionals are growing in popularity.
What is a birth consultant?
Birth consultants work with an expectant woman or couple from pre-conception through post-partum recovery. They are not your primary caregivers. Instead, they fill other roles: question answerer, advocate, support person, and friend.
Who should work with a birth consultant:
Anyone is welcome to work with a birth consultant, but the best candidates are infertility patients and/or those with high risk pregnancies. The chronic testing, examinations, and medications are a breeding ground for questions, and doctors might not have the ability to answer each one in depth.
Enter the Birth Consultant. “I have found with a lot of fertility patients, there is a feeling of no control, so it can help to feel empowered by gaining as much knowledge as possible,” says LI birth consultant, Linda Scruggs.
Scruggs continues, “Often times a patient that is undergoing monitoring during an IVF cycle goes in for blood work and ultrasounds very frequently while they are being stimulated. And often times I have found that women want to know how they are doing, how their cycle is going, what size their follicles are and how many there are. And many times they can become frustrated by not being kept fully informed as it is progressing because they are so anxious.”
Why work with a birth consultant:
Couples that have dealt with multiple losses, health problems, or fertility issues face a unique set of challenges. Once pregnancy has been achieved, a new set of questions will invariably arise.
Pre-natal appointments are typically on a monthly schedule, but there are a host of potential hiccups that can occur between appointments. A doctor’s time is limited, and they may not have the opportunity to explain every test or procedure in-depth.
When birth nears, questions about hospital procedures or the birth process will likely come up. With the help of technology, computer-savvy customers can find the answers online, but a Birth Consultant is more efficient and more reliable than most information found on chat boards or internet searches. A birth consultant can help make sense of medical jargon.
How much does it cost to work with a Birth Consultant:
Initial consultation via phone for up to 1.5 hours costs $150. Follow up sessions last 60 minutes and can be purchased in a set of 3 for $375 or 6 for $750. Exclusive nurse services are available upon request and the specific fee schedule is determined based upon the unique needs/services desired by the client. Travel and miscellaneous expenses are incorporated into the fee structure.
Contact a Birth Consultant:
Linda Scruggs, RN, BSN is a fertility nurse and Long Island mother to a 4 year old and 9 month old. Having worked in top fertility clinics, Scruggs is now a birth consultant for women undergoing fertility treatments/issues. She will maintain a relationship throughout the pregnancy and delivery.
Contact Info: (917) 449 1432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Rachel Minkowsky