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Midwifery Care ~ Prenatal & Postpartum

Prenatal Care

 

You can expect the following as routine prenatal care:

• Free Initial Consultation. At this initial meeting/interview, we can get to know each other, make sure your family is a good fit for home birth, and that we are a good fit for each other.
• Comprehensive prenatal visits are monthly until 28 weeks of pregnancy, every 2 weeks between 28-36 weeks, and weekly from 36 weeks until your baby is born.
• Each visit includes a standard clinical exam, including monitoring the mother and baby’s vital signs and wellbeing. Lab work is offered.
• Education is a primary component of your prenatal care. Practicing in the Midwife’s Model of Care, I strive to educate my clients about the many choices offered during the childbearing year, providing research, opinions and resources to support your informed choices.
• Preventative care such as nutrition, herbal remedies, and complementary alternative therapies are common modalities used in my practice. Space and understanding is given for the expression and sharing of the emotional aspects inherent to the childbearing process.

Labor & Birth

While each birth unfolds uniquely, these principles are held in common:

• I come to your home for your birth when you are ready for my support. For some women, this is in early labor, and for others it is when labor is more active.
• You can count on having at least two skilled attendees present to help meet your needs at your birth; I hire a skilled assistant for your birth.
• A complete set of birth equipment is brought to your home, including herbal remedies, allopathic medications, an oxygen tank, and a Doppler for listening to your baby’s heart.
• To foster a gentle, physiologic birth, sensible strategies are relied on such as privacy, encouraging words, delayed cord clamping, respect for the bonding process, as well as encouraging the mother to eat, drink, rest and change positions frequently during labor. Water birth and/or using a birth tub during labor are options.
• Partners, siblings, and other chosen support people are welcome to be as present and involved as possible.
• Mindful attention is paid to the baby’s heart rate, mother’s vitals, and to the overall safety of the birth as it unfolds.

Postpartum Care

Your “babymoon” includes holistic midwifery care:

• Postpartum visits take place in the family’s home at the usual schedule of day 1, day 3, day 7, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 weeks.
• Education, support and resources are offered to encourage healing and bonding.
• Wellbeing of the mother and baby are supported through breastfeeding assistance, checking in on sleeping and eating patterns, and monitoring of vital signs.
• Traditional remedies such as moxabustion, herbal compresses, and belly binding are offered. Safe herbal remedies and nutrition advise are offered to speed recovery or address problems that may arise.

In the event of a transfer

Sometimes, presenting warning signs indicate that intervention is necessary beyond what is available at home. A mother’s or midwife’s intuition, vital signs outside of normal limits, or other warning signs that sometimes occur during pregnancy, birth or postpartum can result in a transfer of care to a physician or transport to a hospital. When this kind of help is needed, we are grateful that it is available. Usually, transports are not an emergency, but rather something we can talk about calmly at the time and make the best decision. Very rarely, 911 is called to responsibly respond to an emergency. If we transport during labor, I will go with you to the hospital and continue to advocate for your family and provide support as needed. Postpartum care continues in your home when you are released from the hospital.

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"Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which 'de-medicalizes' birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach" ~ Michel Odent, MD

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