Are You Looking For….

  • A relaxed and natural approach to pregnancy and birth?
  • Midwifery care that focuses on YOU?
  • Care that won’t leave you feeling rushed or like one of the crowd?
  • An approach that puts your needs and your family first?
  • An experienced midwife who believes in creating a truly personal and caring relationship?

We Offer:

  • Comprehensive Prenatal, Homebirth and Postpartum Care
  • Completely Home-Based Care
  • Waterbirth and Deluxe Birth Pools
  • Doula Services
  • Childbirth Education
  • Birth Photography

Call, text or email today for a free consultation and learn more about all that Karen Bove, LM Midwifery Care has to offer.


I count myself very blessed to have you as my midwife.  I appreciate the time and attention you give during and after the birth, that you are never in a rush and that you always make me feel like the most important person in the world during the whole process. |Thank you again for leaving such a lasting impression on me that birth can be normal and that I am strong enough to get through it. I will never forget the calm and comfort you provided when I was delivering B.| I wanted to thank you again for helping make my first birth experience amazing and everything I wanted it to be. I am a very strong believer in our natural ability to give birth and you helped with that. My pregnancy was a blessing and I asked God everyday to show up when the day came to give birth and He did. I knew I could not do any of it without Gods help and He not only helped me tap into the strength I needed to get through the process, He blessed me with and showed up in you. We were very glad that you were with us. We will definitely come to you for the next one if we can. Thankyou so much for everything. We really appreciate everything you did for us … I wanted to make sure you knew how much we appreciate you.|Thank you so much for doing an amazing job helping us deliver our baby boy into the world. You were so encouraging and strong when I was so weak. C was born stress free and healthy thanks to you. | We want to especially thank you for being a part of our two baby’s births. You made this experience wonderful and that will be with us for a lifetime. | Thank you Karen, for making the birth of O so easy. You are an awesome midwife. |Thank you so much for being such a great midwife! I as so happy that you were there to deliver both E and A. You went above and beyond at the of this pregnancy. I really appreciate your amazing dedication. My care during both pregnancies was so wonderful and I feel super lucky to have had awesome birth choices and midwifery care available. I will always remember this special time fondly. With much long and thanks for ALL you do… | I can’t thank you enough for making K’s birth such an amazing experience. I felt so safe and comfortable with you. You’re amazing at what you do. I’m so glad to have met you. Thanks again for everything…we’ll never forget it. | Thank you for everything you’ve done for us! We are forever grateful to you for helping us bring our sweet G into the world! You are incredible. | We want to thank you for knowledge and expertise during the birth of our daughter. Your calm presence and positive attitude make a world of difference through my labor and birth experience. We really appreciate you for all that you’ve done. Thanks again! |Thank you SO much for all of your encouragement, frankness, easy-going reassurance and humor as I journeyed through this pregnancy. I’m so glad God aligned it so you were the one to help guide T out into this side of the womb. you are a very special place in her history. Thanks for giving us space during labor and also for all the calm coaching. We are so grateful for you!


How does our practice work?

  • Karen Bove, LM provides comprehensive prenatal, home birth and postpartum care.
  • She attends births in the greater Central Florida area, including Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, Flagler and northern Brevard counties.
  • Karen visits you, offering you the comfort and convenience of truly home-based care.
  • In order to give you the best and most personal care possible she limits the number of births she attends each month.

What does care include?

  • Prenatal visits are scheduled every four weeks up until your 28th week of pregnancy, every two weeks until your 36th week, then weekly until birth. Each visit includes measuring blood pressure, testing urine, listening to your baby’s heartbeat, measuring his growth and, as he grows, determining his position.
  • Each visit allows plenty of time for questions, concerns, education and simply getting to know one another. Family and friends are always welcome at visits and sibling participation is encouraged. By the time labor begins, a mutual friendship and trust has developed.
  • Services include all routine lab work and ultrasound. Additional testing and ultrasound is done as necessary or desired.
  • When you go into labor, Karen is with you from the time you’re ready for her to arrive. She and a qualified assistant stay with you throughout your labor and birth, providing one-on-one care and support.
  • After the birth Karen does a complete newborn examination and stays for several hours, making sure both mother and baby are healthy and breastfeeding is well-established.
  • A postpartum visit is done on day one or two, at which time newborn screening, including metabolic screening,  hearing screening and congenital heart disease screening are done and the birth certificate is completed and filed.
  • A second postpartum visit is scheduled for two to three weeks.
  • A final visit postpartum visit is done at six to eight weeks after the birth and includes a pap smear, if needed.
  • Finally, Karen is always available to you directly to address any questions or concerns that might arise.

What does it cost?

  • The total fee of $5000 includes complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care, newborn care at birth and all newborn screening tests, birth supplies (including use of our complete birth pool kit) and a travel fee that allows your midwife to provide home visits for prenatal and postpartum care.
  • Have insurance? Karen will work with you and a billing service with experience filing and collecting claims for midwifery and home birth services but we do not contract with any private insurance company. All fees are ultimately the responsibility of the patient. Keep in mind that Florida law requires most insurers to cover midwifery services and home birth. You can verify your benefits with SLB Billing.
  • Not sure if you qualify for Medicaid? We can help you find out. If you qualify, Karen is an in-network provider with the Sunshine Health plan.  She can also work with the Prestige plan. There are some out-of-pocket costs to you for services not covered by Medicaid.
  • No insurance? Does your insurance plan have a high deductible? Don’t qualify for Medicaid? Cash discounts and payment plans are available. Karen also accepts most major credit cards.

About Karen

I have been a Licensed Midwife since 2000. I began attending births as an assistant in 1994. I graduated from The School of Complementary Medicine in 2000 and have since cared for over a thousand women and their families as a Licensed Midwife.

My interest in birth and babies began in childhood but became a passion after the birth of my first child in 1982. Natural, normal birth just made sense to me and I quickly realized that midwifery was what I was meant to do. As my family grew, I was finally able to answer the call and work toward becoming a midwife. My favorite part of being a midwife is having the incredible privilege to witness the amazing transformation that birth brings to women and their families.

 

  • I believe midwifery care is a friendly partnership between midwife and a woman and her family.
  • I believe pregnancy and birth are normal processes and my definition of normal is broad. My underlying assumption is that all is normal and will remain so until proven otherwise.
  • I believe that each woman is unique and deserves care that meets her needs and desires.
  • I believe that, for most pregnancies and births, medical intervention is inappropriate and may result in unnecessary complications for mom and baby. There are occasions when these interventions may be necessary, but they should be rare.
  • I am not “anti-doctor” or “anti-hospital”. When intervention is necessary, I am very grateful for skilled doctors and nurses, modern medical technology, surgery and hospitals. I never hesitate to refer to a physician or to transport to a hospital when necessary.
  • I have a relaxed style and strive to create a calm, comforting and reassuring atmosphere for pregnancy, birth and beyond.
  • I encourage women to trust themselves and believe in their ability to give birth and be good mothers.
  • Finally, I believe in the power of both a good laugh and a good cry!