Out of hospital birth is safe for healthy mothers and babies.
It is empowering, but it takes commitment: a commitment to believing in the strength of your body and trusting in the natural processes of pregnancy and childbirth.
When you choose a home birth:
When you choose a birth center birth:
Birth By Numbers: Check out this short video about birth trends in the US. This site offers lots of reading and info about out of hospital birth trends and safety.
How it works: During pregnancy, cell-free fetal DNA is released by the placenta and can be found in mom’s bloodstream. Using a small sample of mom’s blood, SneakPeek tests for the presence of male DNA (Y-chromosomes). Y-chromosomes would only be present if mom is pregnant with a boy. If no Y-chromosomes are found, mom is carrying a girl. This method is known as noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and is safe for both mom and baby. See the peer-reviewed published study that indicates this test is 99.6% accurate as early as 8 weeks into pregnancy in the Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health. (J Preg Child Health 4:358).
When Can I take the Test? To take SneakPeek, you must be at least 8 weeks into pregnancy, which can be calculated using either the first day of your last menstrual period, or baby's estimated due date. Use our Test-ready calculator to see if you're eligible!
How Accurate is the test? According to controlled laboratory testing, the SneakPeek Early Gender Test predicts a baby’s gender with over 99% accuracy (99.6% to be exact). If you want a little more background on the science behind that percentage, here it is: In controlled laboratory tests, SneakPeek Test accurately detected shared male fetal DNA (the presence of the Y-chromosome in the mother’s sample) in more than 99% of samples provided by women pregnant with a male fetus. (Note: all women in the study were 8 weeks or further along in their pregnancy.) Male fetal DNA was consistently not detected in samples from pregnant women carrying female fetuses. In a blind multi-center study performed in 2015 with samples collected at four clinics, SneakPeek showed an accuracy rate of 100% for fetal sex identification. The results of this study are available here. In at-home testing, a validation study presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Conference showed that SneakPeek Early Gender Test is highly accurate at determining baby gender as early as 9 weeks into pregnancy.
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We are licensed to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
We accept NH Medicaid and Medicare and are in network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, United, Aetna, Tricare, Harvard Pilgrim, Minute Man and CIGNA.
Hearts & Hands main office is in Peterborough with occasional care offerd in Miford as well.
In general, we serve women within a one hour driving radius of Peterborough for pregnancy care, but other considerations such road conditions, time of year, health needs and location of other midwives and medical facilities may influence whether it makes sense for me to be your midwife.
We can provide care and attend your birth at home, at The Birth Cottage in Milford, The Concord Birth Center in Concord, NH or at the Monadnock Birth Center in Swanzey.
We provide gynecological care at both the Peterborough and Milford offices.